- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say a northeast Ohio choir’s 72-year tradition of performing Handel’s “Messiah” is at risk due to declining attendance and rising costs.

The Washington High School choir department told The Independent in Massillon (https://bit.ly/1PQxnRE) that this year’s production of the popular choral work on Dec. 13 may be the last.

The Save the Messiah Committee, formed to keep the program going, identified cost, attendance and a lack of alumni participation as the three key impediments to continuing the production. The performance costs about $10,000 annually, the bulk going to pay a professional orchestra and rent risers.

The school district no longer funds any part of the performance, leaving the choir booster club to fund it through fundraising, donations and its annual budget. Attendance has fallen from about 700 to about 200.


Information from: The Independent, https://www.indeonline.com

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