A newly-divorced mother (Michael Learned) trying to build a new life in San Francisco joins an inner-city church choir led by a demanding director (John Houseman) taking his motley group through Handel’s Messiah. 1980. Part 1 of 3. First posted December 7, 2009.
Original Movie @ Internet Archive
Movie Info @ IMDB
Handel’s Messiah @ Wikipedia
The Paper Chase @ Wikipedia
Daisetta Kim article @ LA Times
(Correction: CBS cancelled “The Paper Chase” before this movie aired, though Houseman had been established as a well-known personality. The series found its success after being picked up by the cable network Showtime.)