‘Messiah’ tradition will continue

Nov 30, 2012
The Mozart Mentors Orchestra will provide some of the accompaniment for the Dec. 18 “Messiah” Sing in Thomaston.

Thomaston — The Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist will host a community “Messiah” Sing Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The event is being coordinated by Down East Singers and will honor Marion Gray of Rockland, who founded the local annual “Messiah” sing-along many years ago.

Anthony Antolini, artistic director of Down East Singers, will conduct the “Messiah” Sing. Sean Fleming will play the organ, and a string ensemble from Mozart Mentors Orchestra will provide additional accompaniment.

All singers interested in performing the Christmas section and the “Hallelujah” chorus of G.F. Handel’s 1741 “Messiah” are invited to participate. In a break with tradition, there will be a rehearsal a week before the event — Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at St. John’s, located downtown on Main Street/Route 1. Attendance at the rehearsal is encouraged, but is not mandatory. Scores will be available for singers who do not have their own. Singers will be seated in the pews by voice part.

Soloists will be Erin Chenard, soprano; Amanda Mahaffey, contralto; David Myers Jr., tenor; and Richard Fiske, bass. Gray will be in attendance at the “Messiah” Sing and is expected to lead the concluding “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Non-singers will be welcome to listen. There is no admission charge, but a free-will donation will be requested. A reception will follow. The church is at the intersection of Green Street, and parking is available on Main and Green streets and behind the business block. For more information, call 832-1775.

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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