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Melbourne Church Hosts Handel’s Messiah

posted on February 10, 2015, under Church by

Professional Conductor Jack Templeton led the chorus and four guest soloists in Melbourne Church’s 22nd annual presentation of Handel's Messiah. (Photo: Richard Boskind)

Professional Conductor Jack Templeton led the chorus and four guest soloists in Melbourne Church’s 22nd annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. (Photo: Richard Boskind)

by Carol Hearn

A standing-room-only audience greeted performers on December 6 for the 22nd annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah sponsored by Melbourne, Fla., Church. Singers from 17 area churches were accompanied by an orchestra of strings, timpani, trumpets, and harpsichord.

The chorus rehearses five Sabbath afternoons beginning in September. Over the years, strong relationships have developed with many of the returning chorale members. Melbourne Church and a few sponsors provide this program each year at no charge to attendees, approximately 80% of whom are nonAdventist.

The professional conductor hired for this performance was Jack Templeton, and the solists were Roxann Moran, soprano; Esther Fraser, contralto; Frederick Kilgallin, tenor; and David Peterson, baritone.


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