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Hood Choir performs 64th annual Messiah concert

Monday, October 24, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The 64th annual performance of Handel’s "Messiah" by the Hood College Choir is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in Hood's Coffman Chapel.

The Choral Arts Society of Frederick will also participate in this year's performances. Both groups are under the direction of Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities at Hood,

"Messiah" will feature four soloists: Lisa Dodson, soprano; Monica Reinagel, mezzo soprano; Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor; and Jeffrey Tarr, 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 beginning Nov. 7 at www.hood.edu/messiah 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; and bassist Lynn Fleming, instructor of string bass.