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Handel's Messiah at Masterworks Concert April 1

by Clem Boyd

Masterworks concert promotion for Handel's Messiah on April 1, 2022Cedarville University's department of music and worship will present the Easter portion of Handel’s “Messiah” on Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center chapel.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the department’s classic tradition of the annual Masterworks concert will continue.

Guest conductor Peter Stafford Wilson of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will join the university orchestra, faculty solo artists, and more than 100 choir members for the event.

Tickets are available online at and at the door.

“It's the masterwork of all masterworks,” said Dr. Lyle Anderson, senior professor of music and director of the concert chorale. “It presents the entire story of Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and his return through soul-stirring music.”

Cedarville presents “Messiah” every four years to ensure every student has an opportunity to experience its message while they are undergraduates.

Guest artists include Dr. Mark Spencer, associate professor of music, baritone; Beth Porter, chair and associate professor of music, soprano; Tony Burdette, from The University of Cincinnati, tenor; and Denise Milner Howell from the Cleveland Institute of Music, mezzo-soprano.

“There is nothing more powerful than God’s gift of music in expressing the inexpressible,” Anderson added. “Putting truth into a musical context allows it to penetrate the ears, mind and spirit of those who will hear it.”

Click here to buy tickets.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in Music, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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