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Oct. 31: Hood Choir, Choral Arts Society present Handel's Messiah

Thursday, October 31, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The 66th annual performance of Handel's Messiah by the Hood College Choir is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. in Hood's Coffman Chapel.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick will join with Hood's choir for this year’s performances. Both choirs trained under Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities at Hood.

Messiah will feature four soloists: Marie L. Loy, soprano; Elizabeth Merrill, mezzo soprano; Peter Drackley, tenor; Christian Waugh, bass. Staininger will conduct the concert.

Doors open one hour before each performance, which runs about one hour and 40 minutes. Tickets, which are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors age 62 and older, are available for purchase online at or by calling 301-696-3130. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. Hood's Coffman Chapel is handicapped accessible.

Hood faculty performing with the orchestra are concertmistress RoseAnn Markow Lester, instructor of violin and viola, director of the string ensemble and director of the preparatory music program; harpsichordist Wayne L. Wold, associate professor of music and college organist; organist William D. Powell III, instructor of piano; Anna Claire Ayoub, instructor of bassoon; Ed Stanley, oboe instructor; Alison Bazala, cello instructor; and bassist Lynn Fleming, instructor of string bass.