OREM — The 92-year-old Oratorio Society of Utah, known for its dozens of renditions of Handel's "Messiah," will perform the legendary music on Dec. 7.

Back at SCERA for the third consecutive year, the Salt Lake-based choral society's concert will feature the solo talents of Karen Brookens Potter, Cynthia Dewey, James Miller and Dr. Paul Seager. Soprano Potter is from Weber State University, mezzo-soprano Dewey is from Utah State University, Miller is a prominent tenor who sings in many Salt Lake region performances, and bass Seager is a medical doctor with a passion for music.

This is the 18th year the Oratorio Society has performed under the baton of Morris Lee. He will direct the chorus and Marden Pond's Nachtmusik Orchestra.

The "Messiah" is a perennial favorite that never grows old, Lee says. "We are presenting a leaner, lighter, faster version of the traditional work, which is a current trend of many music directors. Much of the music is intended to be joyous, and two of the selections, 'For Unto Us a Child Is Born' and 'His Yoke Is Easy,' were originally written as love duets, as secular music. Handel borrowed from his own music for parts of this classic work and much of that music was not intended to be somber or long."

"To be able to showcase one of the season's most beloved works with one of Utah's venerated music ensembles is a real honor for us," said Adam Robertson, SCERA president and CEO. "I agree with many who have said the season isn't complete without the 'Hallelujah Chorus.'"

For the 2007 SCERA concert, the "Hallelujah Chorus" will be offered as an audience sing-along.


If you go . . .

What: Handel's "Messiah"

Where: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem

When: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7

Cost: $10/$8 children

Phone: 225-2569

Web: www.scera.org