Holladay schedules annual ‘Messiah’

November 9, 2016 by  

One of the most iconic pieces of Christmas music is the ‘Messiah’ by George Frederic Handel, and this year, for the 25th time, singers and musicians will perform the work in Holladay, about four miles from Cottonwood Heights.

Local teacher and musician Jack Aston will conduct the orchestra, and Elizabeth Warner is the choral director. The soloists are mezzo soprano Demaree Clayson Brown, who has taught choir in New York, Utah, Nebraska, and Nevada; Scott Miller, tenor, who often sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Michael Judd Sheranian, bass, who has a degree in vocal performance; and Tricia Swanson, soprano, who has performed throughout Utah for the last two decades with ARTS Inc. Rounding out the list of soloists is Bob Taylor, a jazz trumpeter, who is an educator, composer, clinician, and author.

The sponsoring organization is the Holladay Community Messiah Foundation, which was started in 2014 as a nonprofit, with the express purpose of providing a way to generate funding for the annual performance. One result of the foundation’s work is that the performance will take place at the high school, where organizers hope it will remain.
The performance will be given at Olympus High School Performing Arts Center, on November 27 at 7:00 pm. Tickets to the performance are free, but the show is not suitable for children under eight.

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