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An Evening With the Messiah: Opus 3

Location: Maryland, USA
Choir type: Choirs with Religious Affiliation
Voicing: Mixed
Performance Date:  Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 7:00 pm
Guest Artist:              Donald Lawrence & Company
                                     Katrina Galka, Soprano
Where:                   Reid Temple AME Church
                              11400 Glenn Dale Blvd.
                              Glenn Dale, MD  20769
Artistic Director:      Arranged, Adapted and Conducted by Maestro Richard C. Odom
Riichard Odom
                                      MAESTRO RICHARD C. ODOM
                      Donald Lawrence                                               
                             DONALD LAWRENCE
Katrina Galka
Ever since his 18th century 23-day compositional stint, George Frederick Händel has done many rewrites of his ever popular Easter masterpiece, Messiah. Even the essence of the style in which the work is written is actually a re-work of sorts itself.  Years later, Mozart would also adapt Messiah to meet the local audience needs and preferences.
Maestro Richard C. Odom will masterfully wield the baton in a stunning one-night performance, “An Evening With The Messiah: Opus 3” combining passionate singing and a stunning combination of outstanding musicians, featuring songwriter, producer, composer, and recording artist, Donald Lawrence.  Featured special guest soprano soloist is lyric coloratura soprano, Katrina Galka.

According to Maestro Richard C. Odom, there has been one constant in all of his experiences with adaptations of Messiah, everyone seemed to perform it either all one way or all another way.  His goal is to combine several styles for a creatively diverse and adaptable work that presents "a lil' something for everyone. Not by reinventing Messiah, but by merely combining what others have already re-invented with dancing, singing, drills, a few song substitutions, with selections from Handel's Messiah in the original classical style all the while maintaining the integrity of the piece.  “So this is the Classical-Gospel-Jazz-Dance-Drill-Rap and Narration Messiah.”, says Odom.
As Associate Minister of Music and Artistic Director of this project, Odom arranged a composite of Händel’s New Young Messiah, Händel’s Messiah – A Soulful Celebration and the classical oratorio by George Frederick Händel with libretto by Charles Jennens. Produced by the entire Reid Temple Christian Fine Arts Ministry, this ecumenical rendering of the 18th-century English oratorio proves enjoyable for everyone. 
For more details, call 301.352.0320, X640 or visit,
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