Whether it’s a sing along or a performance with orchestra, the DC Performing Arts Examiner offers forth his favorite picks of the best performances of the work in the Metro DC area:
December 4-Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Cathedral Choir, 5:00 p.m. Lester Green, conductor with guest soloists soprano Michelle Gutrick, mezzo-soprano Monique Holmes, tenor Keith Byron Craig, baritone David Griffiths and baritone Vashawn Savoy McIlwain, accompanied by the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra with guest organist Samuel Springer. Leading journalist Gwen Ifill will serve as moderator for the evening of music.
1518 M Street Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20005
–READ FOLLOW UP STORY HERE
December 4-Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Choir, 7:00 p.m.Adam Graham, conductor with guest soloists soprano Schauntice Marshall, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Merrill, tenor John Williams, and bass Christian Waugh, accompanied with chamber orchestra. –Freewill offering
Trinity Parish-Piney Branch-7005 Piney Branch Road N.W.Washington, D. C.
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 8 pm
Sunday, December 11, 2011, 3 pm;
At the Music Center at Strathmore:
The National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Stan Engebretson will perform the work with guest soloists: soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen, tenor Matthew Smith and bass Kevin Deas. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
December 11-Shiloh Baptist Church
10:55 a.m.-Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
This presentation is an interesting take on the timeless classic, featuring The Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir and friends. Vocal soloists are Victoria Purcell, Raymond Reeder, Dawn E. Robinson, Dennis Sawyers and Vanessa R. Williams. David E. Warr will serve as guest director with musicians Daryl Hunt and Marshall Keys and The Shiloh Liturgical Dancers.
5:00: p.m.-Messiah: An Offering in Righteousness will feature the Shiloh Senior Choir, vocal soloists with special guest, the Duke Ellington Show Choir and orchestra under the direction of Thomas Dixon Tyler, with organist Evelyn Simpson Curenton. Everett P. Williams will also serve as organist.
1510 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
December 15-18-The National Symphony Orchestra with the University of Maryland Choir
National Symphony Orchestra is joined by the University of Maryland Concert Choir conducted by Matthew Halls. Soloists will be soprano Kiera Duffy, countertenor Matthew Shaw, tenor James Gilchrist, bass-baritone Neal Davies. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.kennedy-center.org.
Saturday, December 17-Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church , 11:00 a.m.
During the Sabbath worship service, the Capitol Hill Chorale, string ensemble and organ will present Messiah with guest soloists soprano Brandie Sutton, mezzo-soprano Carole S Dorlipo, tenor Issachah J Savage, and bass-baritone Soloman Howard, conducted by Ramon Bryant Braxton.
914 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
December 18-Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, 4:00 p.m.
Dr. J. Owen Burdick conducts the choir and baroque instrumental ensemble in a special performance to benefit the restoration of the organ, which was damaged during the DC earthquake.–READ MORE HERE
LISTEN TO A CHAT ABOUT THE CONCERT WITH DR. BURDICK
1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005
TICKETS: Charge by phone: 1-800-838-3006
Online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/211641
December 18-Metropolitan Baptist Church, 5:00 p.m.
The church will present its annual presentation of the oratorio at the First Baptist Church of Washington, D. C. (Info regarding soloists, accompaniment was not made available at the time of the publishing of this article)
December 23-Messiah Sing Along, The Kennedy Center 8:00 p.m.
The annual event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m. on the day of the performance (Fri., Dec. 23) in the Hall of Nations. ONE ticket per person in line will be distributed.
There are so many performances to choose from, so don’t use the excuse that you could not find time. There is always a spot for Handel’s Messiah.