Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 3:00pm
106 N Riverside Dr, Indialantic, FL 32903
HANDEL The Messiah
Beth Green, soprano
Connie Maltby, alto
Justin Walker, tenor
Jacob Pence, baritone
Your Space Coast Symphony presents the 16th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert.” Enjoy the Messiah, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel, as a Sing-Along. Raise your voice and sing your favorite movements from Handel’s Messiah. Accompaniment will be provided by members of the SCSO with four incredible soloists. The public is invited to sing or simply listen to the perennial Christmas favorite. Scores are provided to participating members. It’s a joyous start to the holiday season! Tickets are limited.
Beth Green has been a frequent collaborator with the Space Coast Symphony since its inception. She is a well-known soprano in the local choral community as a featured soloist, conductor, and chorus member of various ensembles. She has taught school, church, and community choirs of all ages. Beth is the artistic director for the Indialantic Chamber Singers and the Brevard Youth Chorus. She prepares the Riverside Community Chorale to perform extended works with the Riverside Chamber Orchestra and performs as the soprano soloist in concerts. Beth is also Director of Classic Worship at First United Methodist Church in Melbourne where she directs choir and handbells. During her decade teaching music at Audubon Elementary in Merritt Island, Mrs. Green received Teacher of the Year and Music Demonstration School designations. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the studio of Dr. Elizabeth Graham at the University of Florida with her degree in choral music education. Beth lives in Melbourne with her husband, Matt, and their son, Matthew, Jr.
A Brevard County native and lifelong singer and performer, Connie Maltby is a familiar face on the Central Florida musical stage. She is a proud graduate of Brevard County schools and the University of Florida where she graduated with honors and was elected to the UF Hall of Fame. Her diverse repertoire spans many styles including opera, sacred, Broadway, jazz, and rock. She is a featured vocalist with various groups such as Brevard Chorale, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Chamber Chorale, Swingtime Band and Rockledge Methodist Church. She performs in the popular Swing Trio “Swingtimers” entertaining audiences throughout Florida as well as in Art Martin’s “Rock & Roll Revue”. Her personal motto is “How can I keep from singing?” Connie has released 6 CDs with her musician son Dylan through Lycoris Sound Production. Married to husband David, she is an award-winning distance runner and mountain climber. Connie is the President of the Brevard Chorale and serves on the Executive Board of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.
Justin Walker, tenor, is a performer, voice teacher, and conductor native to Brevard County. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Florida, and studied voice with Dr. James Hall and Mark Baker. Justin has performed with the Louisville Chamber Choir, Louisville Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Josh Groban, and has appeared onstage at American Choral Directors Association conferences, the China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, the Harmonie Festival in Lindenholzhausen, Germany, the Xi'an International Choral Festival, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His solo voice credits include Handel's Messiah, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, and he is featured as a soloist on the University of North Florida Chamber Singers' 2015 album Come By Here. Outside of solo performance, Justin conducts the Brevard Chorale at Eastern Florida State College, and maintains a private voice studio in Rockledge.
Jacob Pence has been hailed by Ken Herman of the San Diego Story for his “robust and colorful” singing and described by performing arts writer Tom Alvarez as “showing finesse...” in his blog On the Aisle. The past year has been a busy one as October 2022 marked Jacob's debut as Boy Chapel in the world premier of Nathan Felix's new opera, No. 5, Chanel. August 2022 saw Jacob's portrayal of the sinister Gauleiter Herr Zeller in the Central Florida Vocal Arts production of The Sound of Music while during May and April of 2022 Jacob performed the roles of Le Corporal and Maestro Spinelloccio in St. Petersburg Opera's La fille du Regiment and Opera Tampa’s performance of Gianni Schicchi respectively.
Jacob's pervious performances include the role of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 2021 Orlando premier of War Brides by Nathan Felix, Sid in The Girl of the Golden West with Opera Orlando in February 2020, the role of Pish-Tush in The Mikado with Central Florida Vocal Arts in 2019, and the roles of Dax and The Client in Robert Patterson’s contemporary opera Three Way during the 2018 Orlando Fringe Festival.
Jacob has performed in productions with the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Opera Tampa, Kentucky Opera, and Indianapolis Opera, appearing as an Emerging Artist with The Crested Butte Music Festival, Music by the Lake at Aurora University, Columbus Opera, The Lexington Opera Society, OperaNeo, and the Martina Arroyo Foundation. Jacob has prepared and performed over 20 roles encompassing the familiar personae of the Operatic Repertoire alongside the colorful characters of Operetta and the Musical Theatre genres.
Jacob is a frequent concert soloist, familiar with many sacred compositions including: F.J. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and “The Creation,” J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 61 and Christmas Oratorio, W.A. Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Coronation Mass, G.F. Händel’s Messiah, G. Rossini’s Petite Solemn Mass, and the Requiem Masses of Duruflé, Fauré, and Schumann. He is at home with modern compositions, frequently working alongside composers premiering new work or introducing enthusiastic audiences to the less performed musical selections of the past century.
A native of Crestwood, Kentucky, Jacob is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Evansville, residing in Orlando, Florida. He performs regularly as a soloist and bass section leader at All-Saint’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park, Florida.