2012-11-29 / News

Chamber orchestra will join local choir for presentation of Messiah this Friday


The Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra from Augusta will be accompanying the Washington Chorale in the presentation of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, at the Pope Center on Friday, November 30. The 45-voice choir is made up of mostly Washington-Wilkes people. The Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra from Augusta will be accompanying the Washington Chorale in the presentation of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, at the Pope Center on Friday, November 30. The 45-voice choir is made up of mostly Washington-Wilkes people. What better way is there to begin the Christmas season than with a presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

The well-known and oft-performed oratorio will be presented by the Washington Little Theater Company featuring the Washington Choral and the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra of Augusta.

The 45-member chorale is made up of Washington-Wilkes singers with some former Washington-Wilkes residents returning to sing with the group. The program will be directed by Shirley LeRoy Gunter.

Soloists will all be Washington- Wilkes residents and one with Washington-Wilkes connections. Teresa Bishop is alto soloist; Tom Duggan, bass; Tommy Wells, tenor; Shay Harris, soprano; and Taylor Randall of Clinton, S.C., who is the granddaughter of Jo and Buzzy Randall, is also a soprano soloist.

In addition to the Chamber Orchestra, the singers will be accompanied by Sheri Bowers, pianist, and Jo Randall, harp­si­chordist. The singers, orchestra, and accompanists will present eight choruses from the oratorio. Some of the more familiar ones are “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” “Glory to God,” “Behold the Lamb of God,” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Sponsors for the program are Bill Bennett by Evelyn Bennett; Dycom Holding Inc.; F&M Bank; Hidden Acres Farm; Kettle Creek Arms; the Washington-Wilkes Arts Foundation; and the First Baptist Church.

There will be only one performance. This will be on Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Pope Center on Lexington Avenue in Washington.

No reservations are required. Tickets will be available at the door for $10, adults; $5, students; and Little Theater members may use their cards.

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