Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
HANDEL Messiah, Part I
Indialantic Chamber Singers
Mary Anne Kruger, soprano
Connie Maltby, mezzo soprano
Dorothy Wright, alto
Fred Kilgallin, tenor
Your Space Coast Symphony joins forces with the Indialantic Chamber Singers to present The Tenth Annual Messiah Sing Along. This special collaborative concert will feature both ensembles. The Indialantic Chamber Singers will present favorite selections like White Christmas, along with choral selections accompanied by the orchestra. Then enjoy the Tenth Annual Messiah Sing Along, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel. Hailed as Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert,” and an annual sellout, this free concert is a don’t miss! All area singers are invited to participate. Accompaniment will be provided by members of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra with featured soloists. The public is invited to sing or simply listen to the perennial Christmas favorite. Scores are provided to participating members.”
Tickets are not required for this FREE concert. Seating is first come, first serve.
The Indialantic Chamber Singers is the premier vocal ensemble of Brevard Country, Florida. Our quality ensemble has been a presence in Brevard and beyond since 1999. We are a professional quality, auditioned group comprised of degreed musicians, choral arts professionals and experienced vocalists. ICS performs a variety of accompanied and a cappella works in many traditions, including sacred, traditional and contemporary.
The mission of the Indialantic Chamber Singers is to expand awareness and appreciation of the Choral Arts. We strive to enrich, inspire, entertain, and educate audiences of all ages through the pursuit of artistic excellence in our performances of choral music of all genres. Our ensemble seeks to grow in artistic excellence, develop and engage our audiences, strengthen our organizational foundation and increase our community presence as Brevard County’s Premier Vocal Ensemble.
American soprano Mary Anne Kruger studied voice with Margaret Harshaw and first went to Germany in 1992 when she completed a Master of Music degree at Indiana University. Since then she has lived in Europe building a repertoire of over 40 major roles and concerts. From 1994-2005 she was a member of the opera ensemble at the Hessische Staatstheater Darmstadt, and she has also guested in over 20 European theaters including the Bayerische Staatsoper- Nationaltheater in Munich, Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Latvian National Opera and Theater Basel.
Her prizes include a nomination in the category “Best Singer” in the 1997 Opernwelt Jahrbuch for her portrayal of Alcina. She was awarded the role of Donna Elvira in the 1996 Don Giovanni production at the Athens Concert Hall directed by Ruggiero Raimondi and conducted by Gustav Kühn. The “Sonderpreis der Wiener Staats-und Volksoper” at the 1993 Belvedere Competition secured for her a performance as Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe) at the the Wiener Volksoper. She was also awarded a DAAD scholarship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdient) to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich 1992-93.
In addition to her debut as Salome, Ms. Kruger’s 2008 engagements also included the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin with the Stadttheater Pforzheim to great audience and critical acclaim. That same month she also sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Stadttheater Geissen. In April and May of 2008 she sang the role of Cio-Cio-San with Theater Freiburg and Theater der Stadt Trier. In August she joined the Berliner Symphoniker orchestra in a concert aptly entitled “Solo Verdi”, and in October she joined the orchestra again in the opening concert of the Musica Mallorca festival which was billed as a tribute to Maria Callas and featured bel canto repertoire. Kruger has performed with Aaron Collins and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra on five occasions, most recently performing Strauss' Four Last Songs.
The soprano is often praised for her warmth of timbre, the brilliance of her high register, and her great versatility, both musically and theatrically. Of her Tatyana, Orpheus International wrote: “Among the singers one first must name Mary Anne Kruger... who was a Tatjana of the very highest calibre. The singer is not only good-looking, but she has at her disposal a darkly colored, distinctive and precisely focused soprano voice, which in the last act was also capable of beautiful pianissimi. It was right that she received the most applause.”
Of her Madama Butterfly, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Mary Anne Kruger in the title role established herself once again as a category sui generis. With an expressive repertory that extends from bright soprano purity to the shadowy depths of the low registers, Kruger commanded (the scene) as an extraordinary actor with great musical and technical substance.”