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Chapel to host performance of "Messiah"

A St. Kate's faculty member and alumnae are among the singers in a choral performance of the "Messiah."

Our Lady of Victory Chapel on the St. Kate's St. Paul campus will host a performance of the "Messiah" Monday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. by two MacPhail Center for Music performance ensembles.

St. Kate's alumnae Sally Clayburn '04 and Jane Tilka '79 as well as Professor of Biology Cindy Norton are among the singers.

Composed in 1742 by George Frideric Handel, "Messiah" is the world’s most famous and beloved Baroque choral composition.

It was originally composed for a small chamber choir and orchestra, but as its popularity increased, so did the size and scale of the performances.

The MacPhail Center for Music's performance groups, Sonomento and the MacPhail Baroque Players, will give the audience an opportunity to hear the "Messiah" as it was originally conceived.

The lighter touch of a small ensemble, dance-like rhythms and the elegant ornamentation of the Baroque tradition will create a memorable holiday experience.

Conducted by Musical Director Craig Fields, the performance will also feature vocal soloists Sally Clayburn, '04, Gerry Schmidt, Colyn Tvete and Amy Wolf as well as harpsicordist Gail Olszewski.

Suggested donation for the performance is $15 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information, contact Norton at 651-690-6631 or 612-321-0100.

Nov. 24, 2010 by Julie Michener

See also: Arts