An­nual Sing Along Set For Han­del’s “Mes­siah”

The Oakdale Leader - - LIVING -

Singers of all ages and abil­i­ties are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the tenth an­nual sing along per­for­mance of G.F. Han­del’s “Mes­siah” on Sun­day, Nov. 19. The community-wide event, which is free and open to the pub­lic, will take place at 4 p.m. at Trin­ity United Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1600 Carver Road in Modesto.

To cel­e­brate the tenth an­niver­sary, the per­for­mance will ex­pand to in­clude cham­ber orches­tra ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

“We’ve been look­ing for­ward to adding the orches­tra com­po­nent,” said Dr. Gin­ger Covert Colla, who will again con­duct the per­for­mance. “It’s a fit­ting way to com­mem­o­rate our tenth year, and will make the per­for­mance more au­then­tic, as Han­del en­vi­sioned it.”

Sched­uled each year for the Sun­day be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, “It’s a great way to kick off the Hol­i­day sea­son,” said event or­ga­nizer, Denise Nordell. “Singers come from through­out the re­gion to sing with us. Whether you’ve sung “Mes­siah” once or a hun­dred times, or just en­joyed lis­ten­ing to it from the au­di­ence, the “Mes­siah” sing along gives vo­cal­ists of all skill lev­els the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of shar­ing this beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether.”

Last year’s sing along at­tracted more than 150 singers from through­out the re­gion.

Fea­tured soloists will in­clude so­pra­nos San­dra Ben­gochia and Duana De­musLes­lie, Mer­i­lyn Telle Vaugn (alto), Bruce Mer­chant (tenor), and Richard Colla (bass).

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