The Zanesville Civic Chorus and Orchestra spread holiday cheer Sunday evening during the group's performance of George Frederic Handel's "Messiah." In its 73rd annual presentation in Zanesville, the popularity of the show has drawn capacity crowds for years prompting open rehearsals to be offered to the public. While the performance is free, a good will offering will be taken and this year part of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Ann Lillie, Assistant Choir Director, said that the offering is why Handel wrote the Messiah in the first place. "When he first started performing the Messiah, they would take an offering and give it to the poor and needy. So this is just in honor of Handel..." The 86 community members who participated in the performance Sunday evening have been practicing since October.