MidAmerica Productions in New York City announced recently that Lori Geis and the choir at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, have been invited to participate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah, April 9, 2006 in historic America to form a festival chorus of 150-175 singers, accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jonathan Griffith.

“The Seward County Community College choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers and the exceptional recommendation given by Ms. Geis’ choral colleagues,” Griffith said. “It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in Carnegie Hall. These wonderful musicians not only represent the quality of music and education within the institution, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the five-day residency, culminating in a performance in Carnegie Hall with a professional orchestra and soloist.

Jonathan Griffith, principal conductor-in-residence with MidAmerica Productions in New York City, has conducted for the Bialystok State Philharmonic ( Poland), Virtuosi Pregensis Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary European Symphony Orchestra ( Spain), Manhattan Philharmonic ( New York), Mormon Tabernacle Choir ( Salt Lake City), and several regional orchestras and choruses throughout the U.S. He has served as chorus master for the Utah and Portland opera companies, founded the Kansas City Chorale and the Jonathan Griffith Singers, and was on the faculties of the Conservatory of Music at the University, and his D.M.A. in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Over the past 21 years, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, choruses, soloists, and orchestral musicians for performances at some of the world’s greatest venues, especially at New York’s Isaac Sterns Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. In addition to presenting classic choral and instrumental works, MidAmerica Productions has championed the works of contemporary composers.