The Voices of Cooperstown will present their annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown. Handel's "Messiah" will be performed by the group, with Dan Foster conducting. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the Cooperstown Art Association and at the door.
Foster has been a frequent conductor for the Voices of Cooperstown, directing Lully's "Grant Motet," Bach's "Christmas Cantata" and the "Messiah." He is the founder and director of Aoede Consort, music director of The New Opera at Williams College, and conductor, keyboard artist and tenor soloist for many groups in the Northeast.
Tenor soloist for Saturday's performance is Quinn Bernegger. Bernegger is a resident artist for the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton. A graduate of Middlebury College, he will pursue graduate studies in opera in 2016.
Colby Thomas, soprano soloist, has been an actress and singer in the United States and Europe. She has starred in the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," as well as singing repertoire from Mozart to Gershwin.
Lindsy Kate Brown, mezzosoprano, is a second-year Master of Music in Opera student at Binghamton University. She sings with the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghmaton as well as being a concert soloist. Brown studies with Tom Goodhart of Binghamton.
Josiah Davis, bass-baritone, is also pursuing his Master of Music in Opera degree at Binghamton University and studying with Goodhart. He is making his debut at Tri-Cities Opera in the role of Wagner on Gounod's "Faust."
Tim Horne has been the accompanist for Voices during the fall, and rehearsal director. He accompanies Catskill Choral Society, Hartwick College choirs, musical productions in Oneonta and Cooperstown, Orpheus Theatre and Foothills Performing Arts Center.