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Annual ‘Do It Yourself Messiah’ set for Dec. 15

The Joseph A. Favero Memorial “Do It Yourself Messiah” Carol Sing-Along will be held Dec. 21 First United Methodist Church

The Joseph A. Favero Memorial “Do It Yourself Messiah” and Carol Sing-Along will be held Dec. 21 at First United Methodist Church of Waukegan.

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Updated: January 14, 2013 6:10AM

WAUKEGAN — The Waukegan Park District Division of Cultural Arts will present the annual Joseph A. Favero Memorial “Do It Yourself Messiah’ and Carol Sing-Along Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Waukegan, 128 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

This year, Maestro Blackwelder is pleased to announce that some of the soloists for the “Do It Yourself Messiah” have a Waukegan connection. Alto Jennifer Cobb is a life-long resident of Waukegan and started her musical adventures as a cellist and vocal student at Andrew Cooke Magnet School. Upon graduation from Waukegan High School, Cobb moved on to Carthage College as a cello performance and voice major. She was principal cellist for Carthage College and performed in many concerts, recitals and operas. Cobb is very active in the American-Croatian Waukegan Tamburitzans’ music program and occasionally plays cello with the Silver Strings Quartet.

Staff is also excited that one of the Jack Benny Center for the Arts music faculty, Jeff DeLay, will be performing as the bass soloist. DeLay is currently the youth and choir director at First Presbyterian Church of Waukegan and also directs the Chicago Swedish Male Chorus, the Waukegan Swedish Glee Club and the Waukegan Swedish Women’s Chorus. Besides playing keyboard on occasion for the Downhome Sophisticates, DeLay is on the music faculty at the College of Lake County, teaching voice.

Another College of Lake County music faculty member is this year’s soprano. Susan Lundholm is an active opera, concert and oratorio singer throughout the United States.

The tenor soloist or the program is Carthage College graduate Trevor Parker.

Joseph A. Favero served the community as a Waukegan Park District commissioner beginning in 1977, and was the sitting president at the time of his death in April of 2006. A music teacher with the Waukegan Public Schools, he sang with the Waukegan Concert Chorus and played trombone with the Waukegan Municipal Band. The Waukegan Park District Board of Commissioners and staff named this event in Favero’s honor as a way of remembering his years of service to the community and his love of music. The Messiah was composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, and was intended to be an Easter oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists. The music, however, has become more associated with the Christmas holiday season.

Audience members may be seated according to voice range and will have the opportunity to sing along with the chorus. The front half of the church will accommodate patrons wanting to sing along with the choruses.

Tickets are $15 and free for students 18 and younger. Scores are $10. Tickets may be purchased by calling (847) 360-4740 or at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive.

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