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Shepherd’s Masterworks Chorale to perform Handel’s Messiah

By Staff | Nov 14, 2014

Shepherd University’s Masterworks Chorale will present George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” with full orchestra and soloists on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., at St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town and on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., at the Frank Center Theater.

The production will be presented with full orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Erik Jones and guest conductor Gary Penkala, pastoral associate for liturgy and music at St. James, and will include music from all three sections, ending with “Worthy is the Lamb.”

The performance will feature the following students as soloists: sopranos Allyson Bayer, Jordan Bushong-Taylor, Emily Reinhart, Alexandra Rosle, and Madeline Zayas; mezzo-soprano Yanira Diaz; altos Hannah Wardell, Cara Hummel, and Penelope Manousoff; tenors Patrick O’Grady, Cullen Byers, and Mark Adelsberger; and bass/baritones Ross Tamaccio and Eduardo Rivera.

The Masterworks Chorale is a vocal ensemble with more than 130 singers comprised of Shepherd University students and members from the community. The group presents two full-length productions every year and appears at Shepherd University’s annual holiday gala concert.

Handel’s “Messiah” is part of the Friends of Music Concert Series. The Nov. 15 concert at St. James is free and donations are accepted. General admission for the Nov. 16 performance at the Frank Center is $20 for the public; $18 for faculty and staff with a valid Rambler ID, and seniors; and $10 for those age 18 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.