2020 Handel's Messiah Performance
Due to the pandemic, our annual Christmas Messiah concert has been cancelled for the first time in 75 years. This is for the safety of our staff and members, the artists, and our audience. We are hoping to resume our activities in the near future.
2020 Messiah Rehearsal Schedule
Due to the Corona virus pandemic, the Sarasota Choral Society has decided to go on hiatus for this season. We know that many of you are just as disappointed as we are, so we are looking at some alternatives. Stay tuned for more information as we get it!
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The Sarasota Choral Society is a 501.c.3 not-for-profit charitable organization founded to support choral activities of all kind. The group was loosely organized in the mid-1930s, took its present form and started performing Handel’s Messiah in 1944. Membership is open to anyone interested in music, choral singing in particular, and we do not discriminate against any race, creed, color, or religious affiliation. Members range in age from 10 years old up to in their 80’s, and some have been members for 40 years or more. Our members come not only from the Sarasota area but quite a few drive from Tampa, St. Pete, Arcadia, North Port, Port Charlotte, and other areas as well.The Sarasota Choral Society is comprised of two arms: The Sarasota Choral Society, Inc. which deals with the logistics and functions of choral performance, and The Sarasota Choral Society Foundation, Inc. which controls and disburses charitable funds and scholarships.
Currently, we perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah around the first Sunday in December of each year. We are looking to expand our performances to 2 or 3 a year with an event in the spring and one in the summer. Choral Society performances have been favorably compared to larger organizations based in major metropolitan areas and we work hard to present the highest quality production possible in every performance. The all volunteer chorus varies in number each year but has as many as 300 voices performing on stage and the Christmas performance features a full orchestra, organ, and professional soloists.