Teaming up with First Lutheran Church and Metro Arts Nashville THRIVE, and Big Blue Opera Initiatives at Tennessee State University, Early Music City will host the second annual Music City Messiah Festival (formerly known as Messiah Immersion Initiative and Singalong). Patrick Dailey, a professor of music at Tennessee State University, has organized the action-packed day of clinics, talks, and performances focusing on George Frederick Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
The clinics offer opportunities for singalong participants, whether skilled amateurs or experienced choristers to practice and gain insight into this mighty work before singing with a professional chamber orchestra and soloists. The lunch, offered free of charge to registered participants, will feature a lively informal panel of guests that Dailey, a nationally known countertenor will moderate, including Yvonne Kendall, a musicologist with an early music emphasis, and Carrie Allen Tipton, a musicologist with a gospel music emphasis. After another clinic, there will be a wonderful chance to relax and hear local choirs before dinner. Participants can choose between a variety of restaurants only a short walk from First Lutheran. But don’t eat too much; leave room to breathe as you sing one of the most challenging and rewarding, works in all of music’s history.
10:00 am – Messiah Choral Clinic I
12:00 pm – Chat and Chew
1:30 pm – Messiah Choral Clinic II
3:00 pm – Choral Showcase
5:00 pm – Dinner (on your own)
6:00 pm – Messiah Sing-Along
The entire event is free and open to the public. It will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022, at First Lutheran Church, 311 Eighth Avenue S, Nashville TN. To register, fill out this form. Donations are gratefully welcomed.