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Friends of Music perform “Messiah” at Trinity Solebury


Friends of Music present the 20th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah Part I and selections from Parts II and III, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury.

The Senior Choir of Trinity and the Madrigal Singers from Bucks County Community College will be accompanied by a 16-piece chamber orchestra playing period instruments or copies of them, performing at baroque pitch and conducted by Timothy Harrell, organist/choirmaster at Trinity Church.

Rochelle Reed returns as soprano soloist. She is a full-time faculty member at Bucks County Community College, where she conducts several choirs and ensembles and teaches applied voice.

Countertenor Nicholas Tamagna returns after a busy year singing in France, Germany and England.

Steven Brennfleck returns as tenor soloist. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 in Handel’s ‘Messiah” and has performed with a number of companies.

Baritone Grant Mech, an alumnus of Opera New Jersey’s young artist program, has sung with several opera companies. He is director of Music at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in New York, choral director at a New Jersey High School, conductor of a glee club in New York and a faculty member of the Sem Summer Music Festival.

Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children 18 and under at the door. A reception will follow.