No holiday experience is complete without enjoying George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Performances of this operatic oratorio should leave audiences awed, invigorated and joyful. That’s just the experience Live Arts Maryland Music Director J. Ernest Green has planned for three performances of “Messiah” with the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra on Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at historic St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. The nearly perfect acoustics and historic beauty of St. Anne’s make it the perfect location to experience this much-loved work, which takes on extra intensity and meaning under Mr. Green’s direction.
Live Arts Maryland welcomes a quartet of wonderful soloists for these concerts, including a member of the Metropolitan Opera. Returning audience favorites are soprano Jessica Satava, mezzo soprano Catrin Davies and tenor Frederic Rey. This year, Mr. Green and Live Arts Maryland welcome bass Matthew Anchel. This is his second appearance with Live Arts Maryland. He sang the role of Pilate in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion last season. Of this group, Mr. Green says, “These are amazing voices and I couldn’t be more excited to have them join us.”
The Friday and Saturday performances, both at 8 p.m., will include the much-loved and familiar parts of “Messiah” (sometimes referred to as the Christmas portion) and selections from the second and third parts of the work. The Sunday afternoon performance at 3 p.m. will include just the Christmas portion of “Messiah” plus the “Hallelujah Chorus” and carols for the season. Audience members can also look forward to singing some carols with the Chorale and conducted by Mr. Green.
Tickets for all “Messiah” performances are available now online at www.liveartsmaryland.org. They may also be purchased at the Maryland Hall Box Office online or by calling 410-280-5640. The Student Rush free ticket program is in effect for “Messiah.” Additional information on all guest artists and concerts can also be found at www.liveartsmaryland.org.
Live Arts Maryland, J. Ernest Green, Music Director, is one of the region’s largest and most active non-profit arts organizations and is home to the Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, Cantori and the St. Anne’s Concert Series. It offers music education programs for singers of all ages, including the Student Rush free ticket program, a scholarship program for high-school music students and workshops for adults. The Annapolis Chorale is a resident company of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.