ARTS Pick: The Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates 50 years

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In the 50 years since The Oratorio Society of Virginia made its debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the auditorium of Albemarle High School, the group has infused choral excellence into the community through its vast repertoire, high-caliber singers and annual holiday performances. Publicity photo In the 50 years since The Oratorio Society of Virginia made its debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the auditorium of Albemarle High School, the group has infused choral excellence into the community through its vast repertoire, high-caliber singers and annual holiday performances. Publicity photo

In the 50 years since The Oratorio Society of Virginia made its debut with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in the auditorium of Albemarle High School, the group has infused choral excellence into the community through its vast repertoire, high-caliber singers and annual holiday performances. In looking to commemorate the group’s half-century mark, Music Director Michael Slon became inspired by the mural on West Main Street featuring Rita Dove’s poem “Testimonial.” He commissioned Virginia composer Adolphus Hailstork to set it to music, which resulted in The World Called, to be showcased at OSVA’s gala celebration concert. “Hopefully this musical work—along with the poem and mural—will become art for our community,” says Slon.

Friday, May 25. $10-35, 7pm. Old Cabell Hall, UVA. 924-3376.

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