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St. James Concert Series Offers Sing-Along Messiah
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Bring your own score or borrow one of theirs and join the St. James Concert Series in presenting Handel’s “Sing-Along Messiah,” conducted by Ronald Randall with members of the Sonora Master Chorale, soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, and accompanist Diane Day. Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food (or cash) for Interfaith Community Social Services is appreciated. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia.

This performance will include all of Part I, the “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and the “Amen.”

Soprano Linda Carter has been the soprano soloist for the Modesto Sing-Along Messiah for the past five years. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Lisa Westermann, Alto, is currently Music Director at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jackson.

Tenor Carl Rudolph sings with the Sonora Master Chorale, the Columbia College Community Chorus, and the choir of the 49er Church in Columbia. Ronald Randall, Conductor and Bass/Baritone has been a professional musician for nearly a half century. He has directed the Sonora Master Chorale and the Pine Cone Singers in Groveland and is also the director of the Sonora Hills Chorus and has frequently appeared on stage with Sierra Repertory Theater.

Accompanying this performance is long-time Calaveras County resident, Diane Day. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Biola University in 1975. She has most recently been accompanying the Columbia College Chorus and enjoys performing two-piano works from time to time with fellow pianist, Ronald Brickman from Amador County.


Upcoming concerts in the St. James Concert Series include Jason Sia, Pianist on Feb. 21, 2016 (this concert will also feature the winners of the Sierra Music Scholarships); Trio 180 on April 24, 2016, and Golden Bough on May 22, 2016. All concerts are at 3:00 p.m. and are held at The Red Church. Tickets for these concerts are $15 for adults and $6 for students under 18. Tickets are available at The Mountain Bookshop or by calling (209) 536-0825. Visit their website at for more information.