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MSO sets ‘Holiday Joy’ for Sunday

(Dec. 4, 2014) The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Julien Benichou, will usher in the holiday season with a program of orchestral and vocal music at the “Holiday Joy” concert performed on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church, Racetrack Road in Ocean Pines.
The MSO will also present renowned vocalists, soprano Esther Jane Hardenbergh and baritone Kevin Short.
Hardenbergh has sung extensively in the United States and Europe, in opera, oratorio and recital. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 1999 as winner of the International Opera Singer Competition and is highly respected as an interpreter of recital repertoire, in particular 19th century German Lieder and 20th century American Art Song.
She has appeared with such orchestras as Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Memphis Symphony, Atlanta Baroque Symphony, Miami Bach Society, Handel Choir and Orchestra of Baltimore, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently associate professor and department chair of the Department of Vocal Performance at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music.
Short has thrilled audiences around the globe, performing with Canadian Opera Company, Paris’ Opera Comique, Grand Theatre du Luxembourg Oper der Stadt Koln, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Theater Basel, and Theater Bern. He has performed multiple roles with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He also enjoys an active concert schedule and has worked with important orchestras in the U.S. and around the world.
Joining them are two talented vocalists from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, soprano Mia Rojas and mezzo-soprano Zaray Rodriguez. Between seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night”, there will be orchestral interludes with Leroy Anderson’s rousing “Sleigh Ride,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” This festive concert will also include an audience sing-along.
The concert will also be held on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theater, East Dover Street in Easton; Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariner’s Bethel Church, Route 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View, Del. and on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen High School Auditorium, Kings Highway in Lewes, Del.
Tickets cost $45 for adults, free for youths 18 years and under with a reservation. For tickets and information, call 1-888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony.