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And the glory, the glory of a holiday sing-in

KENT — More than a hundred voices were raised to the glory of composer G. F. Handel and the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew’s Church. The church hosted a sing-in of Handel’s “Messiah,” traditionally performed at Christmas and Easter. The “Messiah” is made up of solos and choral numbers. The St. Andrew’s sing-in featured five soloists and a string quartet, oboe and organ, under the direction of Susan Rotholz, co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.“We sang the Christmas section, part one of the ‘Messiah,’ which extends from the annunciation to the birth,” reported Georgianne Kent, an organizer of the sing-in. “And then we sang the hallelujah chorus from part two, which was spectacular.”Although participants in the audience-chorus could choose to sit wherever they liked, most opted to sit in their own voice section. “The church was divided into four aisles from front to back, with the conductor facing the congregation,” Kent said. “The soloists were wonderful — three of them from the St. Andrew’s choir, a bass-baritone from Kent School with a remarkable voice and a young soprano who has previously sung with the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, also with a beautiful, honeyed voice. “Everyone was very enthusiastic, and no doubt we’ll do it again.”The sing-in was part of the church’s Music In The Nave series. Tickets were $20 and included a reception in the parish hall after the concert.

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