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58th Annual Messiah Concert

December 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Since 1966 First Congregational Church has presented Part I of Handel’s Messiah, the Christmas portion, concluding with the Hallelujah chorus. The First Church Festival Chorus, 75 singers strong, is accompanied by the First Church Chamber Orchestra, with professional soloists. This year’s soloists are: Hanna Golodinskii, soprano, Elizabeth Russo, mezzo soprano, Blake Friedman, tenor, and Kevin Douglas, bass, with Dr. Craig Scott Symons, conductor.

The 58th annual performance will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be received.

Watch our stunning chancel window slowly turn from being brightly colored to fully golden by the end of the concert as the sun goes down!

Join us Saturday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance of part 1 of Handel’s Messiah.
The performance will be live streamed on our YouTube page – Click Here
or our Facebook page – Click Here

Join The First Church Festival Chorus!
• Choir rehearsal on Monday,  December 11 from 7:30 – 10:00 pm in the sanctuary/Meetinghouse.
• Dress rehearsal with orchestra on Wednesday,  December 13 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
Attire is solid color tops and dark bottoms for ladies, and men in dark suits, white shirts, and long solid-color ties.

There is a refundable score deposit of $20.  There are no auditions; everyone is welcome.  The singers always have a great time.  Just ask one!  Contact Dr. Craig Scott Symons,, for more information.

And if you would like to show your appreciation and support for this annual tradition, there are several ways to make your donation:
  • Text FCCOG Messiah to 73256 to give to the Messiah Donations fund using text message. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
  • Online Giving HERE
  • Drop your check off at the church or mail to:
    FCCOG, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich 06870

We look forward to sharing this wonderful program with you to help celebrate the holiday season.


December 16, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm