This 'Messiah' is chiming in a little later than usual Weeks before Christmas 'too hectic' for two schools

January 08, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Four days after the 12 days of Christmas, two area high schools are joining forces to celebrate the holidays.

It may seem an odd time to do Handel's "Messiah," says Carole Frederick, choir director at Severna Park High School, but the weeks before Christmas were "too hectic, with all the other concerts we have to do."

"Besides, I wanted it to be set apart and special," she says. "And it's close enough to Twelfth Night [Jan. 6] to count."

So she and Jane Daugherty, choir director at Broadneck High School, are combining their best ensembles, each with 62 voices, with the 12-member Maryland Hall Chamber Orchestra, seven soloists and choral alumni of the two schools to do the Christmas portion of "Messiah."

J. Ernest Green of the Annapolis Chorale will be guest conductor, thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The music usually performed on harpsichord or organ will be played on a piano.

The soloists are Sarah Thomas, soprano, Bobby Hubbard, tenor, and Ryan McFeely, bass, graduates of Severna Park High School; Justin Brill, tenor, Laura Holoski, soprano, Danielle Pastin, soprano, and Danna Bowman, alto, graduates of Broadneck High School.

"This is our third masterwork," says Frederick, who began having her choir learn major works when her students showed that they could manage such pieces. In previous years, the program has featured Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Schubert's G major Mass.

"It's important for students to learn these choruses," she says of "Messiah." "They will use them the rest of their lives, when they sing in church or anywhere else."

Handel's 'Messiah'

Who: Severna Park Vocal Ensemble and Broadneck Concert Chorus, with soloists and orchestra, conducted by J. Ernest Green

When: 7: 30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road

Cost: $5, $3 students and seniors

Information: 410-647-9449

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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