San Ramon Presbyterians to host Handel's 'Messiah' tonight

Full orchestra, Masterworks chorus, professional soloists on tap for 7 p.m. performance

Handel's Messiah featuring the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Masterworks Chorus and four professional soloists will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight in the San Ramon Presbyterian Church sanctuary.

The church is located at 12943 Alcosta Blvd, next to the San Ramon post office.

Will Doerlich, producer of the program, said this will be the fourth consecutive year for the presentation, although a similar program was held in earlier years. It was brought back at the urging of San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, Doerlich said, who has been a longstanding supporter of the community program.

"This year's program will be even more exciting because the Pacific Masterworks choral group will be singing with the orchestra and as part of audience," Doerlich said.

Featured soloists for the tonight's concert are Elizabeth Hunter, soprano; Christine Nowilski, alto; Dean Christman, tenor; and Theodore Weis, bass. The event is under the direction of Tim Smith, Music Director.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults; $5 for children.

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