The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Jasper performance of Handel’s Messiah, scheduled for Saturday, December 18 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (1029 Kundek) in Jasper, will be televised for the community. WJTS, Jasper Channel 18, will broadcast the performance on Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST and Thursday Dec 24, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST. Because of the generous contributions made available, arrangements have been made to air the concert for patients at Jasper’s Memorial Hospital..
Under the direction of Evansville Philharmonic Music Director Roger Kalia, the one-hour performance includes the baroque-size orchestra of Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra members with voices from the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and two accomplished soloists to present selections from this 18th century masterpiece in its traditional setting.
Highlights will include “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”, “The Trumpet Shall Sound”, and the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”
The performance will feature two highly acclaimed soloists:
Soprano, Andrea Drury received her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University in 1996 and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University in 2000. Ms. Drury is the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus Director, conducting the group from 2012-2017 & 2019 to present. She is currently the Fine Arts Specialist for choral and general music and theatre for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Since 2012, she has been the choral director of the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Before settling in Evansville, Mrs. Drury sang with orchestras and opera companies across the United States. Her operatic roles have included Mimi from La Bohème, Violetta from La Traviata, Antonia from Les Contes D’Hoffman, and La Ciesca and Nella from Gianni Schicchi. She has performed with Amarillo Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Columbus, Brevard Music Center, Kentucky Opera and Opera North. Mrs. Drury was a finalist in the Opera Columbus Competition, the El Paso Opera Competition, and Longview Opera Competition.
Baritone, Corey Crider is a two-time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an alumnus of the Artist Diploma program at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; University of Kentucky (M.M.) and Murray State University (B.M.). Crider is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Additional recent highlights include Marcello in La Bohème with Arizona Opera and the Munich Philharmonic, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa.
If you have questions, please call Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra office at (812) 425-5050.
This concert is sponsored by Reverend Ray Brenner, Julie Fuhs, Jane Krempp, Meyer Distributing, Alvin C. Ruxer Foundation, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and Uebelhor Chevy Cadillac Toyota.