The Owensboro Choral Society will present the 79th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Third Baptist Church. Directed by Connie Ford, this Owensboro tradition is always held on the Sunday closest to Pearl Harbor Day, as the first performance was on Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Previous directors from First Christian include Ann Miller and Ron Waite. Church members in the chorus are Janet and Mike Tichenor, Bonnie Brown, and Carroll Laswell. The annual Messiah performance has always been linked to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro, and a freewill offering during the performance will take place for their behalf.