Live Arts Maryland continues its holiday performances with this weekend’s trio of Handel’s “Messiah” concerts at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. J. Ernest Green, the Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra perform this much-loved holiday oratorio in the nearly perfect acoustics and historic beauty of St. Anne’s, the perfect place for the ultimate “Messiah” experience.
“Messiah by Candlelight,” on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, at 8 p.m., include Part I (sometimes referred to as the Christmas portion of the work) and selections from Parts II and III. The final performance on Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m., includes Part I plus a carol sing-along with J. Ernest Green.
Joining LAM for these performances are a quartet of stellar soloists who perform with LAM for the first time. Thomas Young, tenor, and Gary Simpson, baritone, have done it all, from Broadway musicals to classic opera. Mr. Young was also member of the group, Three Mo’ Tenors. Mr. Simpson is a Metropolitan Opera Principle Artist, and has performed in operas around the world as well as in the HBO/Cinemax series, “The Knick.” Soprano Katie Dixon’s voice was described by “Opera News” as, “a natural with a sparkling personality and top notes to match.” Mezzo soprano Kara Sainz earned two degrees from The Juilliard School, most recently a Master of Music. Of these performers, Mr. Green says, “We’re thrilled to bring these voices to Annapolis for our Messiah performances this year. Each of our soloists has a most amazing gift and I think our audiences will love them.”
Tickets for all Live Arts Maryland holiday concerts are on sale now at the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640. Online, tickets are available at www.liveartsmaryland.org. 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.