Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Tradition Continues with Handel’s Messiah

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra continues its holiday tradition with performances of Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah. Preserving one of the Orchestra’s most treasured holiday traditions, performances will occur at Trinity United Methodist Church located at Third & Walnut Streets in downtown Evansville on Friday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. and at Jasper Fine Arts Center, located at 951 College Ave, Jasper, IN in Jasper, Indiana, on Saturday, December 18, at 7:00 p.m. (EST).

Under the direction of Philharmonic Music Director Roger Kalia, the baroque-size orchestra drawn from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will join forces with voices from the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and three accomplished soloists to present this 18th century masterpiece in its traditional setting.

The Trinity sanctuary will be bathed in candlelight and the Jasper Fine Arts Center will have low lighting as concertgoers experience the warmth and power of Messiah. Highlights will include “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Both performances will feature the below acclaimed soloists:

Soprano, Josefien Stoppelenburg has performed several times for the Dutch Royal Family. She is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music and as a concert singer. Stoppelenburg performed most major oratorio works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart, including Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, and many of his cantatas. She has appeared as a soloist in countless oratorio works by Schubert, Gounod, Rossini, Fauré, Britten (War Requiem), Poulenc(Gloria), Carissimi (Historia di Jephte) Telemann, Vivaldi (In furore Iustissimae Irae) and Buxtehude. Josefien gave vocal masterclasses about Baroque Music at Indiana University, (Jacobs School of Music) University of Colorado and Illinois State University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Tenor, Nick Preston is in demand as a soloist in Southern California and beyond, having performed extensively throughout California, and touring as a soloist in France, Italy, and Spain. Nicholas has also performed as a soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Nicholas’ solo appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem. Nicholas is proud to be involved with Pacific Symphony’s award-winning Education programs, being a presenter with the Class Act program as well as a featured soloist in the Youth Concerts. Nicholas received his B.A. in Music from Loyola Marymount University, and currently resides in Orange County, CA with his wife, Kathleen Preston, Ph.D., and their daughter Zelda.

Baritone, Jeremy Kelly is a rising young baritone with operatic credits including his first performances of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Florida Grand Opera, Carlos Vázquez’s La mina de oro in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Santa Fe Symphony. Other performances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Pacific, Guglielmo in Cos fan tutte with Opera Grand Rapids, Marcello in La bohème with Opera Omaha, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Dayton Opera, and of the Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Toledo Opera. On the concert stage, he joined the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá and Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Cincinnati May Festival for Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins conducted by James Conlon, and New York City Ballet as a guest soloist in performances of Bernstein’s Dybbuk.

The Evansville concert is sponsored by Phyllis R. Grimm. Chorus Sponsor is Friends of the Chorus.

The Jasper concert is sponsored by Reverend Ray Brenner, Dubois County Community Foundation, Dr. Daniel C. Eby- Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, David & Julie Fuhs, German American Bank, Jasper Engine & Transmission, Kenneth & Jane Krempp, Meyer Distributing, Alvin C. Ruxer Foundation, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Jim & Pat Thyen, and Uebelhor Chevy Cadillac Toyota.

Chorus Sponsor is Friends of the Chorus.

General Admission is $25 and can be purchased online at www.evansvillephilharmonic.org, calling the EPO Ticket Office at (812) 425-5050, or at the door. Children and students are free.