SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs will host a concert Dec. 15 featuring a choir of singers representing eight Atlanta area synagogues and three churches.

The event coincides with Chanukah, also spelled Hanukkah, the annual Jewish Festival of Lights. The free, public concert begins at 4 p.m.

The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra made available by The William Baker Choral Foundation. The choir will alternately be led by Amy Thropp and Emanu-El’s Choir Conductor, Melissa Fontaine. Rounding out the cast will be soloists Jonathan Pilkington, Laurie Swann, Andrew Schmidt and Temple Emanu-El’s own Cantor Adesnik.

This performance will feature selections from the 18th century oratorio “Judas Maccabeus” composed by the George Frederic Handel. An oratorio is a piece of music usually based on a biblical text. The Handel composition tells the story of Chanukah and honors the historical Judah Maccabee, who rebelled against the imposed worship of Greek gods around Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

Following the oratorio, the concert finale will feature traditional festive music and a rousing singalong. Attendance is free but registration is strongly encouraged at

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