The dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announced that the Southwestern Oratorio Chorus and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” has been rescheduled for Tues., Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the seminary’s Truett Auditorium.

The original Nov. 30 Truett Auditorium performance was cancelled due to inclement weather.

“We are thrilled that the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the musician’s union were so accommodating of this reschedule on such short notice,” said Dean Stephen Johnson. “This 85th annual performance of the ‘Messiah’ is such a festive, Fort Worth, Christmastime tradition, and we are excited to perform it again this year.”

Southwestern Seminary’s Oratorio Chorus has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Christmastime since Dec. 20, 1921, as a gift to the Fort Worth community. The event draws thousands each year, has received glowing reviews and is always a highlight of the local Christmas season.

Tickets issued for the Nov. 30 performance will be honored at the 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 rescheduled performance. The event is free, but due to its popularity, ticket-holders are given priority admission.

The cancellation and rescheduling of the performance in Truett Auditorium does not in any way affect the Southwestern Oratorio Chorus and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of  the “Messiah” at the Bass Performance Hall Dec. 5.

For further information about the performance, please contact Katrina Elsea in the School of Church Music at 817.923.1921, ext. 3160, or email her at