The District’s historic Shiloh Baptist Church will go virtual next month for its senior choir’s 82nd performance of George Frideric Handel’s “The Messiah.”

The event, which takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, features Angeli Ferrette, soprano; Ashlee N. Fields, mezzo-soprano; Darnell T. Roulhac, tenor; Christian I. Simmons, bass-baritone, the church said.

The senior choir, directed by Thomas Dixon Tyler, is accompanied by organist Evelyn Simpson-Curenton.

With this year’s presentation, the 157-year-old church in Northwest will have the only African American church choir that has performed “The Messiah” for 82 consecutive seasons.

The performance will also be augmented by a chamber ensemble and interpreted through American Sign Language.

To view the performance through Shiloh’s livestreaming sites, go to, or Listeners may dial in at 1-857-232-0155, access code 428058. For more information, call 703 340-7864.

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