Friends of Music present the 21st annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah Part I” and selections from “Parts II and III,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 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 the Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and teaches applied voice.
Countertenor Nicholas Tamagna will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Handel’s “Agrippina” in the role of Narciso, and at the Winer Staatsoper in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Oberon. His recent roles and concerts include performances in Halle, Germany; Milan, Italy, Moscow, Russia; and Vienna, Austria in works by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and Hasse.
Tenor Marc Molomot has performed with such notable conductors as William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan and Andrew Parrott. Recent opera performances include the role of Arnalta in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” with Florentine Opera, Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” with Chicago Opera Theater, and Berg’s “Wozzeck” with the Houston Symphony, which was the winner of a Grammy Award and an ECHO Klassik Award both for Best Opera Recording.
Baritone Brian Ming Chu returns after a season that featured him singing in Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” with Portland Baroque Orchestra, and making his Kennedy Center debut in Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610” with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and he sang the role of Martin Luther in Ludwig Meinardus’ 1876 “Luther in Worms” with the Bach Choir of Eisenach and Dresden Singakademie, for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Admission is $25 for adults and $10 children 18 and under. Tickets are available at the door. A reception will follow.