Dr. Lester Green
WASHINGTON—A gala cast of soloists and a special Award to invited guest legendary soprano Leontyne Price will be featured when Handel’s Messiah is presented at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, N.W. on Sunday, December 5 at 5 p.m.
Ms. Price, who rose to international fame during a period of racial change in the 1950s and 60s, and was the first African-American to become a leading prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera, will be presented with Metropolitan AME Church’s “Living Legacy Award.”
Featured soloists include Michele Gutrick, Keith Craig, Sylvia Twice, and Jarrod Lee, will serve as moderator of the beloved oratoria by George Frideric Handel.
Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor at Metropolitan, said the entire Washington community is invited to this annual event. “Over the past decades, Metropolitan has helped to usher in this highlight of the Christmas season and we look forward to persons from across the Greater Washington area sharing this spectacular joy with us.”
The production will feature Metropolitan’s Cathedral Choir, along with local high school and college talent, singing this quintessential musical crown of the holiday
Dr. Lester S. Green, Jr., who has performed with the Washington National Opera and is Minister of Music at Metropolitan A.M.E., will conduct the performance.
The performance is free and free parking is available.
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