Cho­rale to be­gin re­hearsals for ‘Mes­siah’

Record Observer - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

CENTREVILLE — There are some things you just can’t get out of your head. If you’re a mu­sic lover, chances are that Han­del’s “Mes­siah” is the mu­sic you hum as you run hol­i­day er­rands each De­cem­ber. For peo­ple who love to sing – and peo­ple who want a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the ora­to­rio best known for the Hal­lelu­jah chorus – there will soon be a chance to be part of this pro­duc­tion.

On Sept. 11, Queen Anne’s Cho­rale be­gins re­hearsals for its up­com­ing sea­son, which will fea­ture the Christ­mas por­tion of “Mes­siah.” Based in Centreville, Queen Anne’s Cho­rale is a large com­mu­nity choir that has bi-an­nual per­for­mances and con­ducts mu­sic out­reach.

“Work­ing with QA Cho­rale is al­ways a great joy,” said Artis­tic Direc­tor Bob Hunt­ing­ton, “It is a very warm and wel­com­ing group of singers. Re­gard­less of back­ground or ex­pe­ri­ence, ever yone gives their best effort.”

Hunt­ing­ton, whose past ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes teach­ing in the mu­sic de­part­ments of mul­ti­ple col­leges, coaches his singers to im­prove their range, dic­tion,and tone.

There is no re­quired au­di­tion for the main chorus of “Mes­siah,” and singers aged 16 and up are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. In ad­di­tion, soloist parts will be avail­able for so­pra­nos, al­tos, and tenors. Au­di­tions for so­los will take place early in the semester. All singers must at­tend reg­u­lar re­hearsals.

Queen Anne’s Cho­rale meets at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville. Weekly re­hearsals be­gin Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Af­ter the first week, re­hearsals will run from 7 to 9 p.m. ev­ery Mon­day. Singers are pro­vided mu­sic and fold­ers for the semester. Dues are $25 per semester or $40 for a full year.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at qa­chorale.org or by call­ing 410-7583183.

The per­for­mance, “Hal­lelu­jah! A Christ­mas Con­cert Fea­tur­ing Mes­siah,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, in Wye Mills.

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