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FSU Chorale, Cumberland Choral Society to Present "Messiah"

The Frostburg State University Chorale and the Cumberland Choral Society will present George Frederic Handel's "Messiah," Saturday, Dec. 9, at ,8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall.

The performance, conducted by Karen Soderberg, will feature soloists Jolene Brubaker, soprano; Daria Gerwig, mezzo-soprano; Scott Priest, tenor; and Eugene Galvin, bass-baritone. The Handel Chamber Players is comprised of professionals from the Morgantown, W.Va. area.

Brubaker of Germantown, Md., is a choral singer and soloist in the greater Washington, D.C. area. She has sung with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Quercy, France; Fuma Sacra, Princeton, New Jersey; Huntsville Schola Cantorum, Huntsville, AL; Westminster Choir, Princeton, N.J.; and the Washington Choral Arts Society. She has presented recitals in Princeton, Germantown and Northamptonshire, England. For ten years she has been the Choral Director at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., where her choirs have consistently received superior ratings at district, state, and national adjudication festivals. Currently, she sings with the Woodley Ensemble, Washington, D.C., and is preparing a recital with guitarist Anthony Glise of 19th century love songs by the Italian composer Antonio Diabelli.

Gerwig is a graduate of Indiana University and currently resides in Virginia. Her repertoire includes Bach's "Magnificat," Mozart's "Requiem," Bruckner's "Te Deum" and Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater." Daria has performed with the Miami Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Washington Opera and Summer Opera. Her roles include "Orfeo," "Carmen," Dinah in "Trouble in Tahiti," and the Composer in "Ariadne auf Naxos." She has won numerous awards in vocal competitions including the Palm Beach and the Fairfax County Young Artist competitions and was a semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera regional competition and the San Francisco Opera Auditions.

Priest's opera debut was with Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, in the role of Ricardo on "Oberto." A featured soloist with Virginia Opera, he received critical acclaim in the Summer Opera's production of "Madame Butterfly" in the role of Pinkerton. His performances with the Baltimore Opera include the roles of Gastone, and Alfredo in "La Traviata," Rudolph in "La Boheme" and will appear in this coming spring's production of "Turandot." Priest also has performed numerous solo concerts in Mexico, Venezuela, Canada and the Dominican Republic.

Galvin is a graduate of FSU and taught voice and opera workshop at FSU from 1991 to 1997. He is best known to Washington area audiences from his many operatic appearances with the Washington, Northern Virginia, Opera Camerata of Washington and Summer Opera Theater companies, and at Constitution Hall as Sarastro in "Magic Flute" under the baton of Victor Borge. Galvin has also toured as Opera New England's Sulpice in "Daughter of the Regiment," has sung hundreds of performances throughout the country with the Cincinnati, Sarasota and National operas and made a successful New York debut as the title character in "Marriage of Figaro" with the New York Grand Opera. His roles include Figaro, Basilio, Don Giovanni, Colline, Dulcamara and Alidoro. Galvin also has sung and directed his own translation of Donizetti's "Rita."

On the concert stage, his bass solos in the 1999 Messiah Sing-Along at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington were broadcast live over the Internet. In addition to his B.A. from FSU, Galvin holds a DMA in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland, where he directs the Undergraduate Opera Theater, and an M.M. degree from the Catholic University of America. Galvin teaches voice at Shenandoah Conservatory and at Catholic University.

Tickets for the "Messiah" are $15 for adults and $8 for students and may be purchased at the FSU Performing Arts Center Box Office, (301) 687-4145; The Art Department at 76 Baltimore Street in Cumberland, Md., or from members of the Cumberland Choral Society.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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