Leading Stories

Contributed by Charlie Smoke, Choral Society of Pensacola

In December, the Choral Society of Pensacola invites the community to enjoy two events certain to brighten the holidays.

On Saturday, December 7, the Society continues an annual tradition, presenting Handel’s Messiah in Pensacola’s historic Saenger Theatre (118 S. Palafox Pl.). This year, at the special request of retiring artistic director Xiaolun Chen, the group is performing the work in its entirety. The 70-voice community chorus will be joined by soloists Carla Connors, Monika Cosson, Randall Black, and Patrick Jacobs, as well as an orchestra comprising some of the area’s finest instrumentalists. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Saenger box office. Student and group rates are available.

On Sunday, December 15, the Society invites everyone to join in singing an hour of favorite carols and songs, hosted by Generation Church in the Rex Theatre (18 N. Palafox St). The women’s ensemble (Amberly Sokoloff, director) will lead the singing, with the lyrics projected on the theatre’s big screen. The event will feature a set performed by men from Pensacola Bay Harmonizers (Mary Daugherty, director), holiday refreshments, and an opportunity for selfies with Santa. The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, but everyone is urged to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to Manna Food Pantries.

For further information on either event, contact Charlies Smoke at charlie@choralsocietyofpensacola.org


The Choral Society of Pensacola is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, performance, and presentation of vocal music in its many forms; to the improvement of its members’ musicianship; and to engagement in the regional arts community. The chorus is made up of community volunteers, and it presents three or four concerts annually, as well as a variety of other programs.


CSoP is funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc.; Pensacola State College; and area businesses, corporations, and individuals.