by April Helms 
Special Products Editor
While the Stow Symphony Orchestra and Chorus has made its performance of Handel’s “Messiah” an annual holiday tradition, music director Darrell Music said that this year, especially with the change of venue, the performance comes full circle.
This year’s concert will be at the Tallmadge Alliance Church, 1155 East Ave., on Dec. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m.
“This is the first time we’ve done a concert in Tallmadge,” Music said.
Music said his mentor, Les Bennett, who died earlier this year, taught in the Tallmadge schools and taught “Messiah.”
“He’s the reason why I’m doing what I do,” Music said. “I feel honored to be continuing that legacy. This is also my home church.”
Music said this is also the 15th season for the orchestra.
Chorus member Brian Honeck of Hudson said he and his wife Beth have sung “Messiah” “a bunch of times.”
“I think this is our third time with Darrell,” he said. “What I enjoy is it’s the pearls of scripture, the telling of the story of Christ from the beginning to the end.”
Honeck said that the Stow Symphony and Chorus will perform the Christmas section, and parts of the Passion.
“It’s such a long piece,” he said. “Lake County Messiah, which has done it for more than 50 years, they did the whole thing and it’s 2 1/2 hours.”
Following the performance, the audience is invited to join the Orchestra and Chorus for complimentary refreshments.

Ticket information
Tickets for the concert, available at the door, are priced at $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors and students.  Children under 12 are admitted free. Due to limited seating, advance purchase of tickets is advisable.
Tickets are available for pre-sale at, or by calling 330-678-0029.  For group rates call 330-678-0029.  For more information, visit

May concert
Music said that the chorus will resume rehearsal later next year to prepare for the Stow Symphony and Chorus’ performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony May 11.
“We will start in March,” Music said. “This chorus has basically been a Christmas chorus.”
No auditions are needed for the chorus, which meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tallmadge Alliance Church. Music added that “I try to make it clear that you have to have a good ear, and you have to be able to read music.”
Music said that those interested in joining the symphony or chorus should check the website for updates.
Phone: 330-541-9438