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Messiah in May

Join us on May 4, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Messiah in May

Although Handel’s Messiah is most often performed at Christmastime, Handel wrote the piece for Easter. Along with orchestra and professional soloists, we will be performing arias and choruses, including the “Hallelujah”, from Parts II and III of this work which center around the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The program also includes “Come, Gentle Spring” from Haydn’s The Seasons, “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the beautiful and haunting “Northern Lights” by Gjeilo, and other songs and madrigals for spring and summer.


Meet our soloists

Vijay Ghosh, Tenor

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Vijay Ghosh has appeared in recital, concert and opera throughout the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area including Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Vijay has also been a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for 13 seasons.

Jason Widney, Bass

Praised by the Washington Post as “velvety voiced”, Jason Widney is a versatile performer and pedagogue.  A frequent oratorio soloist, he performs regularly with the Washington Bach Consort making solo appearances in the Noontime Cantata Series as well as Christus in the St. John Passion.  He has performed as a soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the Schütz Requiem with New Dominion Chorale and the St. Matthew Passion with Bach in Baltimore. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Handel Choir of Baltimore in Vaughan William’s Mass in G minor and Handel’s Messiah, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Uematsu’s Distant Worlds: The Music from Final Fantasy. His opera credits include Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème, Dancaïro in Bizet’s Carmen, and Wagner in Gounod’s Faust with the Baltimore Concert Opera and Don Inigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole with the Baltimore Opera Company. Jason is proud to sing in the choir of the Washington National Cathedral where he has performed solos in the Duruflé Requiem and Handel’s Israel In Egypt. Jason performs regularly with a number of professional choral ensembles in the area including Cathedra, Chantry, District 8 and the Bridge Ensemble. He serves on the faculties of Towson University, Goucher College.  



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St. Matthew Lutheran Church
1200 E Churchville Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
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