BACH to showcase young artists Sunday
CHAMPAIGN — The Young Baroque Artists Winners Showcase and Messiah Sing-Along will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S. Fifth St., C.
The first half of the program will feature the three winners of this year's Young Baroque Artist Competition: violinist Daniel Meling, first place; harpist Thea Kammerling, second; and violinist Jenna Lee, third.
The two violinists will perform movements of J.S. Bach's Concerto in A minor for violin. Lee will play the second movement, accompanied by pianist Tatiana Shustova. Meling will play the opening Allegro, accompanied by a small string ensemble. Kammerling will play a transcription of George Frideric Handel's Concerto in B-flat.
The second half will be a singalong of eight choruses drawn from Parts II and III of Handel's Messiah. Like the annual singalong of the Christmas portion on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana choruses will be accompanied by organ, featuring organ virtuoso Scott Montgomery.
In addition to the eight choruses, two arias will be performed — "He Was Despised" and "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth," with soloists counter-tenor Christopher Holman and soprano Yaritza Zayas.
Scores for audience members who wish to sing along will be available at the door.
Tickets are $10 for everyone and available in advance via credit card at baroqueartists.org/ or via cash or check at the door.