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The Oratorio Society of Virginia Michael Slon, Music Director

Oratorio Society 2016–2017 Season

Oratorio Society of Virginia

Christmas at The Paramount

Featuring Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Portion)
and a selection of holiday favorites
Special guest appearances by local school choruses

December 17, 2016
2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville

Together in Song
A Community Sing-In

March 18, 2017
First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville

A Celebration of Great Choruses

May 14, 2017
Old Cabell Hall,
University of Virginia

Oratorio Society Auditions
September 7-8, 2016

Auditions for The Oratorio Society of Virginia will be held Wednesday, 7 September, from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, and Thursday, 8 September from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Municipal Arts Center,1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Interested singers in all voice parts are encouraged to audition. Accepted chorus members will have weekly rehearsals with renowned conductor and Oratorio Society Music Director Michael Slon. For further information, click here.


Singer Re-hearings

Oratorio Society Returning Chorus Members: click here for information about chorus re-hearings.

Oratorio Society Announces 2016-2017 Season

Make your plans now to join the Oratorio Society of Virginia as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a trio of exciting concerts under the leadership of Music Director Michael Slon.

Our season will begin on Saturday, December 17, with Christmas at The Paramount, our traditional holiday program and a highpoint of the community’s holiday season. Reflecting our 50th Anniversary theme, this year’s Christmas at The Paramount will feature the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, along with the “Hallelujah” Chorus. Messiah was the first work performed by the Oratorio Society 50 years ago. We will continue our recent tradition of inviting local youth or school choruses to share the Paramount stage. And of course the concert will also feature a selection of holiday favorites. (more)

About the Oratorio Society

The Oratorio Society of Virginia presents the beauty and inspiration of great music in four to five professional-level, affordable choral and orchestral concerts each year. Under the baton of Music Director Michael Slon, the Oratorio Society has expanded its appreciative audiences and is now widely regarded as one of the preeminent community choruses in this region. Founded in 1966 and giving its first performance, of Handel’s Messiah, in 1968, the Oratorio Society is Charlottesville’s longest-running community chorus and performs in the area's finest venues—such as the historic Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall, Old Cabell Hall at UVa, First Presbyterian Church, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. Repertoire has included Bach’s Mass in B minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Handel’s Coronation Anthems, and Bernstein’s Candide. (more)

Support the Oratorio Society

Dedicated to musical excellence, The Oratorio Society of Virginia enriches, inspires, and educates the community through regular performance of choral masterworks that express the best of the human spirit.

The Oratorio Society is affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music.

The Oratorio Society of Virginia  •  Box 5073, Charlottesville, VA 22905-5073  •   434.295.4385  •   info@oratoriosociety.org

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The Oratorio Society of Virginia is partially supported by
the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts