Free 'Messiah' concert at First Presbyterian Church in Germantown next weekend
On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Germantown Oratorio Choir and Philadelphia Sinfonia will present their rendition of "George Frideric Handel's beloved oratorio," Messiah.
The 3 p.m. concert is free and open to the public at First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, 35 W. Chelten Ave.
"For 52 years, the Germantown Oratorio Choir has been thrilling local audiences each Christmas season with its annual presentation of the great choral music," according to a press release for the event. "The Germantown Oratorio Choir, under the direction of David Daugherty, is comprised of more than 40 dedicated amateur and professional singers, most of them local, along with four acclaimed soloists."
Performing vocal solos will be Laurice Kinnel (soprano), Jessica Lowe (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Jasper (tenor) and Jonathan Sills (bass).
The Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is comprised of students between the ages of 11 to 22 "who have demonstrated exceptional artistic ability and advanced orchestral proficiency."
Next Sunday, the Sinfonia will welcome guest artists in the oboe, bassoon, trumpet and tympani sections.
Gary D. White, music director and conductor of Philadelphia Sinfonia, will conduct the performance, which will be immediately followed by a Christmas Dinner.
Tickets are $12 for adults or $5 for children age 11 and younger. To get tickets, or for more information, call (215) 843-8811 or visit www.fpcgermantown.org.