. Interchanging Idioms: Community Members to Join Baltimore Symphony for Messiah Sing-A-Long, December 9

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Community Members to Join Baltimore Symphony for Messiah Sing-A-Long, December 9

BSO will audition community singers to perform as soloists for public concert - 400 local singers to be included

Baltimore, Md. (September 30, 2009)—As part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ongoing mission to engage the community, the BSO invites singers ages 14 and older to participate in, “Hallelujah! A Community Sing-A-Long,” conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The public is invited to attend.

This program merges the most popular parts of George Frederic Handel’s glorious oratorio, Messiah, and the re-vamped, jazzy version of this classic favorite, Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah. For a modest administration fee of $10, participants will sit in the floor orchestra sections of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the original Handel’s Messiah and “Every Valley,” “He Shall Feed His Flock,” “All We, Like Sheep,” and “Hallelujah!” from Too Hot to Handel, accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony. To register, interested singers should visit BSOmusic.org/TooHot. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants for each of the four voice parts and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. See below for complete registration details.

For this community sing-a-long, local talent will be featured as soloists. All singers interested in performing the solos from the re-envisioned Too Hot to Handel score will audition on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 by appointment. Vocalists who only wish to participate in the community chorus (do not wish to be soloists) do not need to audition but do need to register.

“Baltimore has such a rich talent pool! This event provides an opportunity for the BSO to tap into that local talent and collaborate with singers in our region—and have a whole lot of fun doing it! Over the years there have been many sing-a-longs to Handel’s traditional Messiah, but this event offers an exciting twist because we will also perform several sections from my gospel version called Too Hot to Handel.” - Music Director Marin Alsop

TO REGISTER FOR COMMUNITY CHORUS:

  • Singers age 14 and older must register online at BSOmusic.org/TooHot by Monday, November 13th. Space is limited to the first 100 registrants for each of the four voice parts and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis—so register early to guarantee a spot!
  • Singers MUST attend at least one of the two rehearsals prior to the concert. Rehearsals days/times will be communicated to participants at a later date.
  • Singers must download a waiver found at BSOmusic.org/TooHot and bring a signed copy of it to rehearsal with their $10 registration fee (checks payable to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in the Memo line, write “Too Hot”).

TO AUDITION AS A SOLOIST:

  • Singers auditioning as soloists must register online at BSOmusic.org/TooHot by Monday, October 12th. Auditions will take place by appointment on Wednesday, October 14th between 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. (You will receive an email or phone call with your audition time assignment.) If you are not selected as a soloist after auditioning, please indicate if you would like to be registered to perform with the community choir.
  • Auditioning soloists MUST attend two coaching sessions at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall prior to the concert at a day/time still to be determined, as well as be available for the community chorus rehearsals that take place before the concert.
  • Singers must download a waiver found at BSOmusic.org/TooHot and bring a signed copy of it to the audition with their $10 registration fee (checks payable to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in the Memo line, write “Too Hot”).
  • Prior to the audition, aspiring soloists must visit the BSO Ticket Office to pick up the Too Hot to Handel music. (Ticket office hours are Monday–Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.) Singers will be asked to sing the following at the audition:
      1. Male Voice (Tenor): All We Like Sheep (Too Hot to Handel version)
          Female Voice: He Shall Feed His Flock (Too Hot to Handel version)

      2. An a capella song of his or her choice.

      * Soloists will not be compensated for their performance.

COMPLETE CONCERT DETAILS
Hallelujah! A Community Sing-A-Long
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Tickets for these concerts will be available for purchase beginning November 2, 2009 through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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