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When the Handel Oratorio Society gave the Messiah December 12, 13, 14th 1980 in Centennial Hall, Rock Island, Illinois it completed one hundred years of oratorio singing at Augustana College. Part I recounts the origin, difficulties, and development of the organization which began as the Augustana Handel Oratorio Society, divided the field with the Conservatory Choir, and reunited as the Handel Oratorio Society. Part II attempts to give a complete list of the programs, 1881-1980, with names of participants and dates and places of each performance.
Augustana Historical Society
Rock Island, Illinois
Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Music
"One Hundred Years of Oratorio at Augustana: A History of The Handel Oratorio Society, 1881-1980" (1981). Augustana Historical Society Publications.