Choir at flood-damaged W.Va. church to perform Handel's "Messiah"

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CLENDENIN, W.Va. - Five months after a devastating flood, a Kanawha County church will be opening its doors once again for a local choir's annual performance of Handel's "Messiah."

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Conductor H.G. Young, whose father died as a result of the June 23 flood, will lead the Clendenin Community Chorus in a free performance Sunday afternoon at the Clendenin United Methodist Church.

The chorus has performed the 18th century oratorio every year at the beginning of Advent since 1938.

The flood brought 10 feet of water into the church's building, destroying everything in the basement and causing an estimated $500,000 in damage.

This year the chorus is inviting anyone in the community to join the performance. Those interested should bring a choir robe and sheet music.
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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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