New this year, scripture passages will be shown on a screen throughout the performance.
When asked what draws people to the annual performance, Barr said: “It’s a heart thing. The music is just wonderful. It’s a very inspiring piece of music.”
She said the Messiah is divided into three parts: the birth, the death and the resurrection.
After hearing music, she said: “You can’t help but understand what love and a gift that were given to us. It’s all about love and hope.”
Barr said she was introduced to the Middletown Civic Chorus in 1962, her junior year at Monroe High School. At the time, she said, to sing in the choir you had to audition, and it was a requirement from her high school choir director.
Barr was accepted into the choir that year.
“I got bit by the bug,” said Barr, who has missed only a few performances in the last 57 years. “It wouldn’t seem like Christmas without ‘Messiah.’”
HOW TO GO
WHAT: Handel's "The Messiah"
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: First Methodist Church, 120 S Broad St., Middletown
HOW MUCH: Free-will offering