The Edmond Sun

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April 28, 2014

Handel’s Messiah to finish season at Armstrong Auditorium

EDMOND — G. F. Handel’s famous Hallelujah chorus will ring through the Armstrong Auditorium as students and staff of Herbert W. Armstrong College and professional musicians perform an unabridged version of Handel’s Messiah at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Messiah, slated as the final performance of the 2013-14 season, marks the first time Handel’s famous work will be performed in the new Armstrong Auditorium. Handel composed Messiah in 1741, and began his transition into composing English choral pieces. Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has since become one of the most frequently performed choral works in Western culture.

“We are closing our concert season with a special performance highlighting our own choral singers here at the Herbert W. Armstrong College as well as other local talent,” said Ryan Malone, concert manager for Armstrong Auditorium. “As common as Messiah has become to audiences, it is rare to see it performed in its entirety. This will make it a memorable and exciting event,” he said.

Malone will be singing the baritone solos in the work. His wife, Paula Malone, will be singing the soprano solos. The college has booked Pamela Williams for the mezzo-soprano solos; Williams sings at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tenor solos will be performed by James Doing, who has performed Messiah around the world including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and in Tokyo and Osaka, and is the tenor soloist on the world premiere recording of Beethoven’s Cantata on the Accession of Emperor Leopold II with the Krakow Symphony Orchestra. The chorus and professional orchestra will be conducted by the college’s assistant music director, Mark Jenkins — a versatile musician who has performed at Armstrong as pianist, singer, composer, arranger. “Jenkins brings a wonderful Baroque expertise to this unabridged performance,” Malone said.

Armstrong Auditorium offers an intimate experience for both musicians and guests. With only 75 feet separating the stage from the back wall, even the largest of audiences have perfect sight lines, no matter their seat. In addition to the spectacular venue, Armstrong Auditorium offers attendees the opportunity to view the “Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” exhibit, which will be available to the public until October.

For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, visit http://www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 285-1010. Tickets to see Handel’s Messiah at Armstrong Auditorium begin at $20 for balcony seating and $45 for limited orchestra seating.

For more information about the Armstrong Auditorium, call 285-1010 or visit

armstrongauditorium.org.

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