The Evansville 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 20, at 7:00 PM and also at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church located at 1029 Kundek in Jasper, Indiana, on Saturday, December 21, at 7:00 PM (EST).

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

The performance will feature four highly acclaimed soloists:

Soprano, Josefien Stoppelenburg is best known for her dazzling vocal agility and her passionate and insightful interpretations. Stoppelenburg has performed as a soloist in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America, and the Arab Emirates and is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music and Oratorio and as a concert singer. Stoppelenburg frequently teaches masterclasses in Baroque Vocal Performance, at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music), University of Colorado, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Mezzo-Soprano, Lindsay Metzger has been noted for her “easy stage manner and refined voice” by the Chicago Classical Review. As a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, Ms. Metzger’s career highlights include engagements with Florentine Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Haymarket Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy.

Tenor, Jesse Donner has already distinguished himself on the operatic and concert stage with his vibrant voice. Mr. Donner completed graduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University. Upcoming engagements include Palmeri’s Misa Tango with the Dupage New Philharmonic, a return to Dupage Opera as Danilo (The Merry Widow), and his concert debut with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

Baritone, Chad Sloan is recognized as much for his warm, elegant vocalism as he is for deft interpretations of diverse characters. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Sloan has soloed in performances of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach and has been heard in leading roles in opera companies across the country including Kentucky Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Atlanta Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Utah Opera, Dayton Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Memphis, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Tacoma Opera, and Arizona Opera.

Both sanctuaries will be bathed in candlelight 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”.

The Evansville concert is sponsored by Phyllis R. Grimm. 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.