The Grand Blanc Arts Council’s 28th Annual “Community MESSIAH Performance” will be presented at First Congregational United Church of Christ – 6494 S. Belsay Road (corner of Perry and Belsay Rds.) on November 22, at 4:30 p.m. The performance is open to all. There is no charge for this exciting performance but a free-will donation will be gratefully accepted at the door. MESSIAH, composed by George F. Händel, tells the story of MESSIAH in song.
This year's chorus is comprised of volunteer singers - both adult and high school students from the area. The guest director, Dr. Matthew J. Packer, is director of choral activities at Mott Community College and Mott Middle College. He is also music director of Flint Male Chorus and Swartz Creek Center Stage Community Theater.
Accompanying this year’s performance is a six-member chamber orchestra. Soloists for this year’s performance are (in alphabetical order): Shelly Gillett-Behrens – Soprano; Kasie Johnson – Mezzo-Soprano; Aaron David Bush McCoy-Jacob – Tenor; Robert Nickora – Tenor; James E. Parks – Bass; Frank E. Pitts – Bass-Baritone; Terrence Stewart – Baritone; and Sarah Stockton – Soprano. Come and enjoy this spectacular event as you prepare for the upcoming holiday season.
Kasie Johnson - Mezzo-Soprano, earned a Bachelor in Music Education from Central Michigan University in 2008. After graduation, Johnson served as director of vocal music at Mt. Morris High School for three years. Kasie has studied voice privately at both Flint Institute of Music and Central Michigan University. Her performance credits include Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Johnson was also very involved in Flint's Vertigo Theatrics, with roles including Sally Bowles in Kander’s Cabaret and Delores Dante and Babe Secoli in Schwartz’s Working. This May, Ms. Johnson graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work and is currently a school social worker for Kearsley Community Schools. Johnson is also the music director here at First Congregational. Kasie resides in Grand Blanc with her husband, Ryan, and their three-year-old son,Brennan.
Robert Nickora – Tenor, first debuted as a soloist in 1961 with the Flint
Frank E. Pitts - Bass-Baritone, is a Michigan native and has preformed as both a pianist and singer in the United States and Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance from Harding University and has done graduate work at Oakland University. Currently, Mr. Pitts is on the music faculty of Rochester College and UM-Flint. He also serves as music director of several area theatre companies. In 1996-1998, he was an apprentice with Michigan Opera Theatre where he performed in main stage productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Richard Strauss’ Salome, Mozart’s