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Kingwood Chorale, Orchestra to Present "Messiah"

Kingwood Chorale, Orchestra to Present “Messiah”There are certain activities that come with the holiday season, and hearing the “Hallelujah” chorus in a live performance is one of them.

The Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra (KCCO) celebrate the season and the organization’s Silver Anniversary with two convenient performances in the heart of the Lake Houston area.  The performances are on Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood.

“‘Messiah’ is one of those monumental works that has been a staple of the KCCO since our group was founded in 1988,” said Dr. Todd Miller, artistic director and conductor. “Handel’s ‘Messiah’ contains some of the grandest choruses ever written and we are thrilled to present this musical gift to our community.”

The presentation will contain most of the Christmas section and the most popular solos and choruses from the other sections. The 100- minute concert will take place in the sanctuary of the church, which is located at 5520 Kingwood Drive in Kingwood.  Though there are some faithful patrons who have never missed a “Messiah” performance by the KCCO, this is also an opportunity for families and people who have never experienced this majestic music to hear it for the first time without having to drive downtown.

The Kingwood Chorale is a 75-member community chorus in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood. The Chamber Orchestra is a professional orchestra made up of musicians from the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestra.  The concert will also feature stellar soloists, including soprano Nancy Curtis, mezzo-soprano Sonja Bruzauskas, tenor Randall Umstead, and bass-baritone Jason Lester.

Curtis has been a featured soloist with the New York City Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Houston Grand Opera while Bruzauskas, a native of Germany, has been featured in this country with the Santa Fe Opera and the Bach Society Houston. Umstead, a professor of voice at Baylor University, will sing several “Messiah” performances with the Milwaukee Symphony in addition to this “Messiah” in a busy December.  He has also appeared with the Bach Society Houston and Colorado, among many others. Lester, a faculty member at Houston Baptist University, has sung more than 30 roles and has been a featured performer on NPR’s World of Opera in addition to much concert work.

Tickets for “Messiah” can be purchased online at LHMAS.org, Rapid Refill Kingwood or at the door. Prices are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Miller at 281-312-1485 or Todd.R.Miller@LoneStar.edu.

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For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

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