Local Messiah Sing on national TV

By Dagney C. Ernest | Dec 24, 2012
Marion Gray conducts the “Hallelujah” chorus during the Dec. 18 Messiah Sing in Thomaston, as seen on “CBS Evening News.”

Thomaston — The Midcoast’s annual “Messiah” sing Dec. 18 was filmed for CBS News and on Dec. 23 was included in a short piece on “CBS Evening News.”

This year’s event had extra significance as the baton was being passed from Marion Gray, who founded the annual sing-along, to the Down East Singers, also founded by Gray and directed by Anthony Antolini. The 12 seconds shown, just short of a minute into the 2:19 TV segment, shows Gray, as the evening’s honored guest, stepping in to conduct the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Thomaston leads off a sequence of some six locations around the English-speaking world, all singing the work’s most famous chorus. The segment opens with the annual sing at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall.

The local Messiah Sing, with Antolini at the score the rest of the work and accompaniment by strings from the Mozart Mentors Orchestra and organist Sean Fleming, event filled Thomaston’s Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist to capacity. Organizers are trying to arrange to have the video of it broadcast on local cable access.

To see the “CBS Evening News” segment — the local footage begins 58 seconds in — visit cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50137696n.

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

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