The Arkansas Choral Society will perform portions of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Calvary Baptist Church at Little Rock.

The society has presented the event every year since 1930, according to a news release.

Music Director Kent Skinner will conduct the choral society, musicians from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and soloists Suzanne Banister, soprano; Diana Skinner Salesky, alto; David Schnell, tenor; and Scott Bearden, bass-baritone.

“The performance will include almost the entire Christmas portion (Part I), plus selected arias, recitatives and choruses from Parts II and III, including, of course, the ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Amen’ choruses,” according to the release.

The society is made up of amateur singers primarily from central Arkansas. The group regularly pairs with college and high school choruses and awards scholarships to young choral singers.

In April 2020, the society will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C major and two pieces by Ralph Vaughn Williams — the “Serenade to Music” and “Five Mystical Songs” — at Calvary Baptist.

Tickets for the Dec. 5 Messiah performance are $20 for the public and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Details: