A Christmas tradition

Bluffton to present ‘Messiah’

Bluffton University will present its 118th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Founders Hall. The event is free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be taken.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music and director of choral activities at the university, will conduct the oratorio for the 12th time at Bluffton, where he has taught since 2000. The 20-member orchestra includes faculty and community members, while students, faculty, staff and community members comprise the 72-voice chorus.

Soloists are Sarah Diller, a Bluffton native and 2011 university alumna, soprano; Sandra Agans Krueger, alto; Jon Jurgens, tenor; and Timothy J. Bruno, bass.