THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR OF METROPOLITAN A.M.E. CHURCH PRESENTS 37th ANNUAL HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” FEATURING LOCAL SOLOISTS AS DIRECTED BY DR. LESTER S. GREEN ON DECEMBER 1

Posted on: November 28th, 2013

WASHINGTON—The Cathedral Choir of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will present its 37th Annual Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m.  The historic church,  celebrating its 175th year of ministry, is located at 1518 M St. NW.

This presentation will be directed by Dr. Lester S. Green, Jr., Metropolitan’s Minister of Music, who is also Music Director of Opera at Morgan State University and former Assistant Conductor with the Washington National Opera.

Featured artists include:  sopranos Michele Gutrick, Alia Waheed-Ky, and DeVaunté Ogden; mezzo-soprano Jihanna Davis; tenors Wayne Jennings and Edward Washington; baritones Louis Davis and V. Savoy McIlWain; and Christian Simmons is the featured bass vocalist.

The Choir will also incorporate local high school and college talent from its Metropolitan Arts Partners Program (MAPP) in the presentation.  In addition to awarding scholarships to college and high school students who participate in the “Messiah” presentation, the choir is expanding its outreach to become creators and developers of programs to serve youth.

“One initiative in development will reach our arms beyond our doors to extend the invitation to homeless and underserved youth who need a safe space to explore their musical and artistic aspirations,” said Gwendolyn Kimbrough, President of the Choir.

Senior Pastor Rev. Ronald E. Braxton invites families, schools, churches, senior citizens, youth organizations and others to come share in the magic of the beloved oratorio by George Frideric Handel.

Performance, parking and closing reception are free.