Last Christmas Grace Episcopal Church and a group of Island musicians brought Handel’s Messiah back to the Island, with the famous Hallelujah chorus sounding for the first time in more than a decade here. The revival continues this week in the Easter season with a presentation of Part III of the famous oratorio this Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven.

With Philip Dietterich conducting and David Rhoderick as organist, the chorus once again features musicians from various Island churches and the community. While the Christmas performance featured the first 21 movements of the first part of the Messiah plus the Hallelujah chorus, this weekend will feature part III of the oratorio, which corresponds to the end of the church year, the Resurrection of the Dead, and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Soloists will include Molly Conole, David Behnke, Martha Hudson, Dorian Lopes, and Becky Williams. Other performers include Matt Pelikan and Mary Sossong on the violin, Jan Hyer on the cello, and Thomas Borning on the trumpet.

The performance is free and all are welcome.