[LEWISTON, Maine] – On March 30 & 31 at the Gendron Franco Center, the Maine Music Society (MMS) Chorale and Orchestra will present an exhilarating rendition of Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. Composed in 1746 and written in English, this Baroque masterpiece tells the Old Testament story of Judas Maccabaeus, who led the Judaic struggle against the Hellenist kings for his people to worship in freedom. While the events in Handel’s oratorio took place more than 2,000 years ago in 170-160 BCE, the themes of integrity, liberty, and loyalty are timeless. Together with well-known and beloved professional soloists Joelle Morris, Luette Saul, Martin Lescault, and Leon Griesbach, the Maine Music Society (MMS) Chorale and Orchestra stunningly dramatize this powerful piece. The soloists take on various roles that weave in and out of the many choruses to dramatize the fight of the Maccabees against and their eventual victory over the occupying kings. Their spirited vocal renditions enable you to envision this historical struggle and experience the emotions as though you were there. Judas Maccabaeus is filled with a mixture of beautiful songs: haunting, victorious, encouraging, and thankful, as well as the unforgettable triumphant final chorus of “Hallelujah, Amen.” Come delight in this exciting Baroque masterpiece by the composer of Messiah, George Frideric Handel. For a preview of what’s in store, listen in to John Corrie and Susan Trask on 105.5’s Breakfast Club on Tuesday, March 26, at 8:00 a.m. Sponsored by: Gleason Media, Maple Way Dental Care, Norway Savings Bank, Platz Associates, Andrucki & King and Central Distributors. For more information visit our website at www.mainemusicsociety.org or like us on Face book! MMS supports the artistic and educational activities of the auditioned, volunteer singers of the Maine Music Society Chorale, the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers, programming, and educational and youth-oriented activities. The Society is a source of civic pride to the State's second-largest community as a cultural institution that involves regional resident artists and connects area citizens with the broader world of musical art and culture.and the professional players of the Maine Music Society Orchestra. The Maine Music Society serves Lewiston-Auburn and the area communities by bringing quality performances to the public through artistic excellence, imaginative programming, and educational and youth-oriented activities. The Society is a source of civic pride to the State's second-largest community as a cultural institution that involves regional resident artists and connects area citizens with the broader world of musical art and culture.