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Rockford Choral Union

The year 1945 marked the end of a horrible war and the beginning of he rebuilding of lives, homes and dreams for millions of Americans. The return to peacetime initiated the vision of several local Lutheran churches to gather singers together to prepare a presentation of Handel's Messiah as a gift to the community. This group became the Rockford Lutheran Choral Union, today know as the Rockford Choral Union, and its message remains a living testament to the One who came to bring hope and peace to the world.

Today, over sixty-five churches are presented. Singers include first timers, those who have been with the chorus 10, 15, 20 years and longer, and even one who has sung in every performance since 1945. Members come from a 65 mile radius of Rockford, committing to six Sunday afternoon rehearsals.

Seventy-one years have come and gone, and every Thanksgiving weekend, the glorious sound of that great work has continued uninterrupted. What motivates us? We all love to sing and present great music. We have a need to retell the story of Christ, the Messiah, to our community. We desire to sing of the true Christmas message that spans the life of Christ from the cradle to the cross, and ultimately the crown.

We are grateful for the many people, churches, and businesses that provide financial support to the Rockford Choral Union through their sponsorships, memorials, and special gifts. This enables us to continue the concerts free of charge and to provide the best soloists and chamber orchestra to augment our great volunteer choir. The 2007 RAMI Award Winning DVD and CD of Messiah will vouch for the quality and professionalism of the concerts.

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