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MTSU musicians will be home for holidays Nov. 28 for community ‘Messiah’ concert

Members of MTSU's Schola Cantorum, MTSU Concert Chorale and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society sing Handel's

University musicians will welcome the community home for the holidays Monday, Nov. 28, for a special gift — an MTSU Presidential Concert — when they bring their annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” to Hinton Hall for the first time in years.

Alice Matlock Clements

The MTSU Schola Cantorum, comprising the School of Music‘s top upper-division vocal majors and graduate students, will perform in a 6 p.m. concert inside the Wright Music Building at 1439 Faulkinberry Drive.

Ryan Bede

They’ll be joined by two guest soloists: soprano Alice Matlock Clements, an MTSU alumna, and Nashville-based baritone Ryan Bede.

MTSU music faculty, plus Nashville symphonic musicians, will provide orchestral accompaniment for the production, which once again will be conducted by vocal performance professor Raphael Bundage. School of Music staff pianist Joseph Walker will provide the harpsichord continuo.

Tickets are $15 general admission and are available online at https://bit.ly/MTMessiahInConcert2022Tickets and at the door. MTSU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with current IDs.

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This year’s concert marks MTSU’s 36th annual presentation of “Messiah,” in full or in part, for the community. The student group often performs with the Middle Tennessee Choral Society in Murfreesboro’s First United Methodist Church.

“We are very pleased to present this performance of ‘Messiah’ with the 50 voices of the MTSU Schola Cantorum,” Bundage said.

“This group along, with the Choral Society, has shared this beloved choral work for decades, and it’s my hope that our community continues to receive this musical blessing for years to come.”

MTSU School of Music professor Raphael Bundage conducts the MTSU Schola Cantorum student ensemble, the Middle Tennessee Choral Society and their orchestra in concert at Hinton Music Hall in the university’s Wright Music Building in this file image. The Schola Cantorum will present a free public concert, “All for Love,” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Hinton Hall. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)
MTSU School of Music professor Raphael Bundage conducts the MTSU Schola Cantorum student ensemble, the Middle Tennessee Choral Society and their orchestra in concert at Hinton Music Hall in the university’s Wright Music Building in this file image. The Schola Cantorum will present Handel’s “Messiah” Monday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. in Hinton Hall. (MTSU file photo by J. Intintoli)

Handel, a German-British musician who introduced Londoners to Italian opera in the early 18th century, composed the English-language “Messiah” oratorio in 1741. His patron, Charles Jennens, used scripture from the King James Bible and the Anglican Communion’s Book of Common Prayer to create the text for the three-part libretto’s popular recitatives, arias and choruses.

MTSU Schola Cantorum logo, School of Music

This year’s community concert features five student soloists: MTSU senior voice major Alex Baldwin from Manchester, Tennessee; Skylar Carson-Reynolds, a senior from Madison, Tennessee, majoring in organismal biology and ecology; junior vocal and music education major Cameron Roberts of Knoxville, Tennessee, and voice major Jesse Lowery of Columbia, Tennessee; and sophomore music major Haylee Casper of Smyrna, Tennessee.

A preview of their work, available below, features the Schola Cantorum group performing with their colleagues in the MTSU TEBA and SOAL, or Tenor and Bass, Soprano and Alto, Chorale in an October concert in MTSU’s Wright Music Building.  

For more information on concerts and events in the MTSU School of Music, call 615-898-2493 or visit the  “Concert Calendar” link.

— Gina E. Fann (gina.fann@mtsu.edu)

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