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CGW Goes to the Messiah Sing Along


Come join us (in Georgian/Baroque/Federal/Regency Era costume, if possible, but not required) for the Yorba Linda Arts Alliance & the Handel Society’s 12th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing Along at the Richard Nixon Library on Thanksgiving Weekend. This is a Family Friendly Event! They love to have us each year and look forward to seeing us in costume.

The live choir and orchestra lead and allow the audience to join in on specific pieces. Audience members may bring their own scores and sing along. (They use the G. Schirmer but only have a limited number for singers to borrow.) Even if you cannot carry a tune it is a lovely way to welcome in the holiday season.


Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Time:  3:30-4:30pm; please arrive by 3:00pm, so that we can get a group photo and be seated together

Cost: $5 donation requested. If you wish to visit the museum, as well, there is a separate admission fee.

Tickets: Donations accepted at the door. Please let us know you’re coming, so we can save you a seat! 562-926-9387

Address: Richard Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, Ca 92886, East Room, towards the front on the right side

Parking: Free parking onsite with additional parking in the Friend’s Church parking lot.

Children: Children are welcome to attend.20151129_messiahsing3

Refreshments: For those who would like to go to dinner together after the performance for a no-host dinner, Polly’s Pies is around the corner. They’ve hosted many of our post-concert dinners. They’re friendly to costumers, and after many years, they expect us.  There are a number of other nearby restaurants and eateries should you wish to dine elsewhere.

Costume Suggestions: Handel’s Messiah debuted in 1742, during the Baroque period (1600-1750). The East Room of the Nixon Library is United States Federal period (1790-1830) in design. English Georgian (1714-1830) fashion, including the English Regency (1811-1820) era, would be appropriate for the Federal period.

We’re inquiring if there will be changing facilities available on site and will update you once we know. From past years, it sounds like they have spacious bathrooms that should accommodate changing, if it is allowed.

CGW Liaison: Cookie Ruby  562-926-9387 (land line). If you wish to email your RSVP or question, please email (with “CGW Messiah Sings” in the subject line), and we’ll forward the message on to Cookie.

Additional Information: There will be two (2) concert seatings (1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m)   The concert lasts about an hour. Seating is unreserved, but we’ll attempt to stake out enough seats in a group near the front for those who RSVP in advance. Please allow sufficient time to park and walk to the location. Doors open a half hour prior to each concert. CGW’s official Meetup group will be attending the 2nd concert (3:30pm).

In past years we’ve had anywhere from 5 to 18 CGW members attend in period attire, so we hope a good number of us can join us this year. This is an event where historical costumes are much appreciated. We will try to get a group picture in the room while it is still light outside and before the room fills with guests for the second performance.


Photographs courtesy of Loralee Page, CGW Messiah Sing Along at the Richard Nixon Library, 2010.