Celebrate the holiday season with the Frostburg State University Department of Music and the Handel Chamber Players in their presentation of George Frederic Handel's "Messiah." The two performances are Saturday, December 1, at 8PM and Sunday, December 2, at 3PM in the FSU Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.
Handel composed "Messiah" in 1741 on a text compiled by Charles Jennens taken from the Psalms and the "Book of Common Prayer." It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1741, and had its London debut on March 23, 1743. The first United States performance took place in Boston on Christmas Day, 1818.
These performances, conducted by Dr. Karen Soderberg, will feature FSU student sopranos Olivia Hartman of Cumberland and Britany Poindexter of Myersville; altos Stephanie Laut of Chopticon, Jessica Knouse of Frostburg and Mikayla Young of Glen Burnie; and tenor Lane Conklin of Pasadena. They are joined by faculty artist Dr. Steven Soebbing, bass-baritone. The Handel Chamber Players comprise professionals from the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area, as well as FSU faculty and students.
Soebbing received his doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with William Shomos. Soebbing's performance background has been rich and varied, having found success in opera roles such as Seneca from "L'incoronazione di Poppea" by Monteverdi; Mercutio from "Roméo et Juliette" by Gounod and the Count from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by Mozart. He is also at home on the concert stage, having frequently performed in Handel's "Messiah."
"I am thrilled we can perform this collaborative project with guest artists, faculty and students," said Dr. Mark Gallager, chair of the Department of Music.
Tickets for "Messiah" are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens and free for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the FSU Performing Arts Center or by reservation by calling 301-687-4110.
For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.