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Nationally Recognized Soloists to Collaborate with ENC Choral Union in Free Performances of Handel’s Messiah

Quincy, MA. Nov. 19, 2007 — For the 74th consecutive year, the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 60-voice choir composed of students and community members, will perform Handel’s Messiah at two free concerts at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. The performances will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 6 p.m.  

Conducted by assistant professor of music Delvyn Case, the ENC Choral Union will be joined by a 25-member chamber orchestra and four virtuoso professional vocal soloists: 

Soprano Gayle Berman has performed as soloist throughout North America and Europe. These engagements have included Abendmusik, Boston Academy of Music, Choral Arts Society of New York, Chorus Pro Musica, First Night, Great Woods Festival, Lake Geneva Opera Festival, Madison Opera, Rome Festival Opera, and San Antonio Opera. 

Mezzo-soprano Susan Forrester has received much acclaim for her performances on both the operatic and concert stages. She has sung with many of New England’s finest ensembles including Bel Canto Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Cambridge Lieder and Opera Society, and Opera Boston. She has also recorded for the Discovery Channel. 

Tenor Jason McStoots has been described by critics as "particularly outstanding" and as having a "sweet, appealing tone and real acting ability." He has appeared as a soloist with groups around the United States including Boston Lyric Opera, The Handel Choir of Baltimore, Early Music Guild of Seattle, and Newport Baroque Orchestra. 

Baritone Lawrence Indik regularly performs as a soloist and recitalist throughout the United States. He has appeared in numerous operatic roles. Recent major roles include Germont in La Traviata, Marcello in La Bohême, and Malatesta in Don Pasquale. An active member of the Philadelphia music community, he performs often in the new music venues of the city and has premiered over 50 new works by contemporary composers. 

Eastern Nazarene College is a four-year, Christian liberal arts college located in the Quincy, Mass, two blocks from Wollaston Beach and two blocks from the Red Line. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 1,200 students. The music department offers 10 different majors, including performance (all instruments), theory, composition, music business, music recording, and church music. More information may be found at www.enc.edu, or by calling 617-745-3715.