The Axtell Area Oratorio Society presents George Frideric Handel’s Messiah Sunday, April 14 at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney. Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Palm Sunday, concert attendees will witness one of the longest running traditions on the Merryman stage. For sixty-one years, the Oratorio Society has presented the Messiah and from the beginning, J. Rodney Wendell of Axtell has conducted the marvelous soloists, chamber orchestra and 60 member chorus.
Mr. Wendell taught music in the Axtell School from 1950 to 1994. He also served as the organist and choir director of the Keene Evangelical Free Church for over 60 years and has taught piano, organ and voice lessons privately as well. Many members of the choir had Mr. Wendell as a teacher when they were younger.
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