Arts Notes

Collage workshop

Award-winning artist Marilyn Ammons will present “Creating Art with Collage from A-Z” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Supplies will be furnished to finish one piece. Participants are encouraged to bring familial pieces to include. Fee is $60 for members of the Stone County Arts Council and $75 for non-members. To register or for more information, call 601-528-2343.

Summer Piano Lessons

Individual instruction for adults in piano playing is underway at the piano studio of James Jolly, 1902 24th St., Gulfport, with afternoon lessons including music theory, technique and performance skills in classical and popular music. Cost per hour lesson is $20. Details: 228-346-1600.

Messiah Chorus receives MAC grant

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus has been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

The grant will be used to fund the Messiah Chorus performances during the Chorus’ 66th year on the Gulf Coast.

December 1952 marked the beginning of what has become a musical tradition on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: the annual performances of George F. Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah.”

The Gulf Coast Messiah Chrous singers and soloists are volunteers who love sharing their vocal talents and enjoy singing this demanding music.

What began so simply at Keesler Air Force Base 65 years ago, continues to be an inspiration to residents and visitors on the Mississippi Coast. The performances are free of charge and are scheduled during the Easter and Christmas seasons at numerous venues along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.