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MPPC Presents Handel's Messiah

4:00pm Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Make this Messiah a success: buy tickets and sponsor a musician!




Each year, we enter the holiday season by celebrating the musical triumph of Handel's Messiah - bringing this professional performance to Chicago's South Side. We had to cancel the concert in 2020, but this year we are ready to invite you back into the music with COVID-safe plans.

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Maestro Charles T. Hayes conducts this epic performance, joined by Monica Perdue as Soprano, Lisa Dagher as Mezzo-contralto, Jeffery Burish as Tenor, and Arthur D. Griffin, Jr. as Bass.

An orchestra coordinated by Phyllis Sanders-Griffin will accompany this musical masterpiece. Our Director of Music, Dhilanthi Fernando will play piano. Our choir is joined by the Classic Act Ensemble and the Chatham Choral Ensemble to lead the chorus in this epic rendition.

Messiah COVID-19 Guidelines

As we return to the sanctuary, the health and safety of our musicians, members and guests is our top priority. MPPC leadership will carefully monitor and implement guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Illinois, Chicago’s public health services, and local best practices. We ask you to please familiarize yourself with the following attendance requirements:

  • Abridged Concert
    We are presenting only the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah starting with the Trumpet Shall Sound and ending with the Hallelujah Chorus.  

  • Self-Monitoring
    We ask that you please self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Participants who feel unwell, or who have had any COVID-19 Symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test within 10 days of a concert, or have had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, agree to be respectful of other participants and stay home. Remember: you can watch from home on facebook live!

  • Masking
    All participants must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status, while inside the building.

  • Distancing
    We ask that all participants are respectful of others who may wish to maintain social distance. Seating will be provided for families and individuals with the sanctuary at 50% capacity.

  • Proof of Vaccination
    Participants are required to provide proof of vaccination for entry into the concert or a negative COVID-19 test. We will accept a negative PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of the concert or a negative antigen (rapid) result from a test taken within 6 hours of the concert. You must present a paper copy or digital image of your vaccination card or test result along with a photo ID.

  • Risk
    All participants understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place. Participants who attend in-person concerts voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please follow health & safety protocols to help mitigate risk for us all.

  • Compliance
    We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. The decision to attend our concerts serves as your acknowledgment and acceptance of the potential risks posed by COVID-19 and your agreement to comply with all health and safety guidelines. Morgan Park Presbyterian Church reserves the right to deny entry to or remove visitors in violation of our guidelines.

You can find a vaccine location close to you by using this tool from vaccines.gov.

Please remember that we are operating in a dynamic COVID-19 environment. These health and safety guidelines could change as the public health situation evolves. Please be sure to view health and safety notices issued prior to each concert.

Purchase Tickets

Due to limited seating, reserve your ticket today. Tickets are on sale by phone or online.  Please call 773-779-3355 to order your tickets or click below to purchase through paypal. Remember to bring proof of vaccination.
All tickets will be $15 in advance (special reduced price)
Tickets sold at the door are $20
Children under 10 years old: free (please reserve seat over the phone)

Click the "Buy Now" button to complete your ticket purchase online.  You can either login to your paypal account or click "pay with debit or credit card" without logging in.  If you need to purchase multiple tickets, change the quantity before completing your order.
Your online ticket purchase will be available at the ticket desk on the day of the concert. You will receive an email confirming your purchase from paypal. Thank you!




Watch our 2019 Performance

For a glimpse into the magic of this Morgan Park tradition, you can watch our 2019 performance on facebook right now.
If you can't make it to our December 4th performance this year, you can watch it live on Facebook Live.
Consider making a donation in honor of this special event by clicking here.

Be Part of the Performance!

There are many ways to be part of this special musical tradition!

  • You can "sponsor a chair" to support each of our musicians.
  • You can sell tickets and invite sponsors.
  • You can help behind the scenes.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of these special ways to be part of Morgan Park Presbyterian's performance of Handel's Messiah.

Click here to sponsor a chair for this performance with a suggested donation of $200: