Messiah Sing Along Concert 2014

Sat. Dec 6, 2014 4:00pm - 5:15pm EST
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Messiah Sing Along Concert 2014

EXPERIENCE A HOLIDAY TRADITION by candlelight, surrounded by Tiffany masterpieces at the restored 

Calvary United Methodist Church in historic Allegheny West, 
971 Beech Ave at Allegheny, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Audience invited to sing on five beloved choruses. 

MESSIAH by George Frideric Handel
Brian Burns, Music Director and Conductor
David Bridge, Organist

Featured soloists: 
Anna Singer, soprano
Mary Beth Sederburg, alto 
Christopher Quigley, tenor

Matthew Hunt, baritone

Calvary Renewal Choir with guest Festival Choir singers
Chamber Orchestra

Presented in support of outreach ministries on Pittsburgh's Northside. Audience members are asked to bring one-pound non-perishable food items for Northside Food Pantry.

Cookie reception for artists and audience follows concert.

TICKETS: $12 gen. admission $8 seniors 62+ /students

children 12 and under are admitted free

member of the armed service are admitted free with ID
Groups: call the church office at 412-231-2007.


Hallelujah! Handel Meets Tiffany! Handel’s MESSIAH Sing-Along Concert Features Holiday Classic amid Tiffany Stained Glass, Sat., Dec. 6 at 4 pm.

George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio returns for a fourth Messiah Sing-Along Concert, a program of Calvary Music and Poets Corner Arts, set in the stunning restored sanctuary featuring some of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s most magnificent stained-glass windows, Saturday, December 6 at 4 pm, Calvary United Methodist Church, 971 Beech Ave. at Allegheny, just a few blocks from Heinz Field (Allegheny West, Pittsburgh 15233). Doors open at 3:15 pm at the historic Allegheny West house of worship.

Concertgoers may view the Tiffany windows in the 45 minutes prior to the program at the 1895 landmark house of worship, acclaimed for its exterior French Gothic architecture and stained glass and interior design by Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

Audience members are also asked to bring one-pound non-perishable food items for the Northside Food Pantry.

The concert features the Calvary Festival Choir, comprised of voices from the church’s own Renewal Choir and guest choir members from throughout the region. Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns conducts and guest organist David Bridge is featured at both the parlor and sanctuary’s historic Farrand & Votey organ. 

Messiah features a chamber orchestra, a chorus of 50 singers, and four soloists: Anna Singer, soprano; Mary Beth Sederburg, mezzo-soprano, and Matthew Hunt, baritone, all from the Pittsburgh area, and Christopher Quigley, tenor, of York, PA. 

The concert is for all ages; kids 12 and under are admitted at no charge and children will receive an activity packet with information on music and Messiah. 

For details or questions, e-mail or call 412-512-0589. 
Calvary is on Facebook and Twitter (@CalvaryPgh).

Renewal is indeed a theme as the choir presents its first major chorale work since the 1960’s with a concert of favorite selections from the masterwork celebrating the prophecy and arrival of Christ on earth. The program is designed to both introduce music lovers of all ages to pieces from the first two parts of the sacred chorale work while invited those who know and love the piece to join in on five of the beloved choruses, including the timeless “Hallelujah!” 

Calvary United Methodist Church is restoring its rare 1895 Farrand & Votey pipe organ, featured in MESSIAH. New pipes have been added to blend smoothly with the original pipes while music director Brian Burns continues extensive hands-on repairs and improvement. The organ is only one of two such instruments still in use in the US and is in restoration under Burns’ care. 
The church interior and exterior have undergone extensive restoration—from the repaired and cleaned stained glass windows by Stained Glass Resources and the sanctuary also designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studios. The most recent enhancements include a handicap accessible ramp, entrance and elevator. Much of restoration over the past 12 years has been led by Allegheny Historic Preservation Society. Calvary’s spaces and systems have been revived so that the building serves not only as an awe-inspiring setting for worship, weddings, and community events, but is a hub for dinners, meetings, arts events, and more. The church held its first service on Dec. 24, 1893 when the building’s chapel was completed. 

Today, public events include the annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service (music at 7 pm. service at 7:30 pm), the annual Allegheny West Victorian House Tour, First Day of Summer Tiffany celebration, and the Poetry of Peace concert for September 11. 


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Calvary United Methodist Church 971 Beech Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
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