The Phipps Choral Society, in collaboration with Bethel Lutheran Church, Hudson, and Skip James, Bethel Director of Music, will present Handel’s Messiah on Palm Sunday.
The performing forces will include chamber orchestra, Choral Society chorus, and professional soloists Angela Grundstad, soprano; Margaret Jane Wray, alto; Aaron Humble, tenor; and James Bohn, bass.
General admission tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of any age.
This masterpiece, a commentary on Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection, and ascension by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works.
About the Artists and Directors:
Skip James was the principal keyboard artist for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 41 years, performing on the harpsichord, piano, organ, celesta, and synthesizer. He is acknowledged as an outstanding chamber musician, orchestra soloist, and keyboard improviser in the baroque style. He is also a conductor and composer. James is featured harpsichordist on Robert Shaw’s 1984 and 1987 recordings of Handel’s Messiah.
Angela Grundstad, soprano, has sung as a section leader for the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Church of St. Patrick in Edina, and Holy Family in St. Louis Park. She also performs with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, The Mirandola Ensemble, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Silver Swan, and the new female ensemble Lumina.
Margaret Jane Wray, mezzo, has appeared in lead roles with many of the world’s leading opera companies. She has also had a prolific career as a concert artist appearing with many of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Aaron Humble, tenor, has performed in opera, recital, concert, and chamber music venues. During his tenure with Cantus, he enjoyed solo appearances with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Pops as well as concert appearances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, and The Chautauqua Institute.
James Bohn, baritone, has appeared as soloist with most of the major choral and instrumental groups in the area, and performed regularly with the Minnesota Opera, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and concerts of VocalEssence. This year marks his 30th season as baritone soloist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.
Thomas Dahle is in his 25th season as music director of The Phipps Choral Society, formerly the Oratorio Society. He is also the founder and director of The Phipps Festival Chorus, established in 1990.