Barroom ‘Messiah’ sing-along at FOG

Dec 05, 2017

Rockland — Now in its third Christmas season in Portland at the nightclub Blue, the Barroom “Messiah” sing-along is coming to the Midcoast, set for Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, at FOG Bar & Café, 328 Main St.

George Frideric Handel's “Messiah,” as much a Christmas tradition as Santa and shopping, is often performed in auditoriums and cathedrals, but its popularity can take it into smaller and sometimes surprising venues. At FOG, people who already love the music and those who come to find out what all the fuss is about can order a brew and join the chorus or listen to the performance by some of Maine’s finest musicians.

Director Charles Brown Jr. of Vinalhaven and Portland, who is in charge of music at Nativity Lutheran Church in Rockport, has brought together soloists Erin Chenard, soprano; Chris Garrepy, alto; David Myers Jr., tenor; and Ted Long, bass, as well as a string quintet and keyboard. The intent of the Barroom “Messiah” is to introduce this celebrated music to a wider audience, while giving everyone a chance to rest from shopping, lean back with friends, share good cheer and rise to belt out the “Hallelujah” chorus.

All those interested in singing the choruses should arrive at 2:30 p.m. for rehearsal; some scores are available. The performance will begin at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission, although contributions to help pay the expenses will be welcome.

For more information, contact the director at or Ashley Seelig at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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