Saturday, December 6, 2008

Messiah Sing-Along at First Presbyterian Church

The 21st annual Messiah Sing-Along was held in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. In keeping with this time-honored tradition, The Metropolitan Chorus' artistic director Barry Hemphill (pictured above) was on hand for one of the most joyous musical expression of the Christmas season. More than 250 participants brought or rented scores, and many brought food or made monetary donations to the church for those in need.

Everyone gave their utmost during choruses such as And the Glory of the Lord and For Us a Child is born, and the ever-powerful Hallelujah. The soloists in particular exhibited exceptional levels of proficiency, and the instrumentalists provided all the necessary warmth and precision.

The sing-along will be performed again at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday, December 23 at 8 pm. This time it will feature a 200+ voice chorus (including The Metropolitan Chorus and The Northern Virginia Chorale), professional soloists, and a fervent audience.

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