7:00 pm=9:30 pm
First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
First Christian Church is presenting a Messiah sing-along led by the Chamber Singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, directed by Kimberley Schulz and accompanied by strings, trumpet, organ and harpsichord. The program will include numbers from all three sections of the Messiah, including recitatives, arias and major choruses. There will be a limited number of scores available, so bring your score if you have one. Come and begin the Advent season by singing this glorious music by Georg Frederic Händel, or just enjoy being surrounded by those singing. A free will offering will be taken. Check out http://www.firstchristiancos.org/music/fcc-concert-series for a list of the selections to be included on the program.
The Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale is a 24-member ensemble, currently in their fourth season. Composed of auditioned singers from within the larger Chorale’s membership, the Chamber Singers support education and community outreach, encouraging young people to pursue their singing interests beyond high school and college, and to recruit new singers for the Chorale. In their inaugural year, the Chamber Singers joined forces with over 140 singers from local high schools and colleges for workshops and to perform Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. The ensemble performs choral literature from across the centuries. Each year, they host a Messiah sing-along at First Christian Church. Other major performances have included Carmina Burana at the Pikes Peak Center with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the CS Children’s Chorale and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (2012), and The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass performed with the Expedition Ensemble at the Meadowgrass Music Festival in Black Forest (2012). They made their New York City debut in March 2013, performing The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere under the direction of composer René Clausen at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. In April 2014, the Chamber Singers will join singers from Colorado Springs and Denver high schools and colleges to present Mozart’s Solemn Vespers.
Kimberley Schultz is the founder and conductor of the Chamber Singers. She also serves as the Director of Music at First Christian Church, where she conducts the Children’s, Youth, Chancel and Handbell choirs. Ms. Schultz received her Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for choirs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Duke University. She has served as Artist in Residence at the Colorado Springs School, and has been selected as a conductor for the National Conductor’s Symposium in Vancouver, B.C.
Carol Wilson, 719.633.8888