The 17 musicians in the the orchestra have a collective 499 years of musical study and performance, while the 20 performing singers have a total of 862 years.
"Betty is a strong supporter of music, and she has been my strong right arm through the years," said Nelson.
"The singers I have selected are all outstanding solo singers," said Nelson. "I want to feature all of them, and there is no other major work I can think of that would better accommodate 20 soloists."
conductor, choral director, teacher and singer. Nelson began his teaching career in Texas public schools, and he taught at David Lipscomb University and East Texas State University before coming to ACU in 1984.
"It seemed better to do a musical performance than something like taking a cruise to celebrate," said Nelson. "Music has been a part of our whole lives."
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the Abilene Christian University campus. Charles Nelson, professor emeritus of music at ACU, and his wife, Betty, invited the musicians to perform for the Abilene community to celebrate their 80th year, said Nelson.
Thirty seven professional singers and musicians from across the nation will perform Handel Messiah Dec. in Cullen Auditorium on Air Max 98 Black
"Messiah is by far the most popular major choral orchestral work done in the English language," said Nelson. "The first major choral work that I participated in 65 year ago was Messiah. It was the beginning of my choral experience."
Since then, Nelson has worked as a music educator, Air Max Kedai
Nelson first performed Messiah in December 1941 with the Grand Chorus at North Texas State Teachers College in Denton.
Along with her husband, Betty Nelson has also been active in supporting the arts and music.
Since moving to Abilene in 1984, the couple has been involved Nike Air Max 95 Essential Blue in many community groups and organizations, such as the Abilene Philharmonic Association, the Abilene Opera Association and The Grace Museum.
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