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El Paso Choral Society Presents Handel’s Messiah at the Abraham Chavez Theatre October 1, 2018

El Paso Choral Society Presents Handel’s Messiah at the Abraham Chavez Theatre

The El Paso Choral Society presents the world’s most beloved and performed Christmas work, Handel’s Messiah, with orchestra and professional soloists at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7:30 PM.

The 110-voice El Paso Chorale performs this inspiring music with professional orchestra and soloists. This concert marks the 25th anniversary of Prentice Loftin conducting for the EPCS. The orchestra concertmaster will be Dr. Stephanie Meyers. The professional soloists will be Kimberly E. Jones, soprano; Stephanie Sanchez, alto; Brian Downen, tenor; and Levi Hernandez, bass. The soloists have performed across the nation, including with The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Houston Grand Opera.

The El Paso Chorale has been performing the major choral/orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 years. Its repertoire includes the Requiems by Mozart, Verdi, and Durufle, Beethoven’s Ninth, Missa Somemnes, Mass in C, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Bach’s St. John Passion. The El Paso Chamber Choir was formed in 1995 and became the professional core group of singers for the larger performances by the Chorale. The Chamber Choir was also the opera chorus in 27 opera productions with El Paso Opera. Both choirs have performed many times with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony, and the Juarez Symphony.

Tickets for the Handel’s Messiah concert are on sale at, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, the Plaza Theatre Box Office and the El Paso Choral Society, with prices ranging from $10 to $40. Season tickets that include the Handel’s Messiah concert and the March 23, 2019 performance of Verdi’s Requiem are also available for purchase with a 10% discount.

More information about all EPCS events, including the December 7 fundraiser Winter Ball on the Border, is available at Singers can still audition to join the El Paso Chorale, which begins rehearsals on October 15. For more information contact: Ted Wehmeyer; 915-259-4999;

Soloists performing at Winter Ball on the Border (12/7) and in Handel’s Messiah (12/18)

Kimberly Eileen Jones, Soprano, is an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center with the prestigious Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her heartfelt voice brought passion to the roles of Papagena (Magic Flute), Xenia (Boris Godunov), and Clara (Porgy and Bess) with the Houston Grand Opera. Ms. Jones has performed internationally and with the Madison Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, and Connecticut Opera. She regularly appears in operas in Chicago, where she is on the voice faculty of Columbia College and Merit School of Music and often sings the national anthem at Chicago Bulls games.

Stephanie Sanchez, Mezzo-Soprano, is quickly making a name for herself as an exciting, young mezzo. Praised for her full sound, Ms. Sanchez has performed roles with St. Petersburg Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Denver Opera, Atlanta Opera, Emerald City Opera, Opera Breve, PORT Opera and Dona Ana Lyric Opera. Her major roles include Rosina, Maddalena, Orlofsky, Cherubino and Carmen. A Las Cruces native, Ms. Sanchez completed her artist diploma at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017.

Brian Downen, Tenor, thrills audiences with his bright, rich sound. He debuted at The Metropolitan Opera during the 2015-2016 season and has performed in more than 60 productions for opera houses such as Opera Bhutan, Shreveport Opera, Pensacola Opera, Opera Columbus, Cleveland Opera, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, New Opera Saint Louis, Opera Idaho, and El Paso Opera. His roles include Don Ramiro (La Cenrentola) and Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore). He joined the UTEP faculty in 2014 and holds an M.M. and A.D. in vocal performance from Yale University.

Levi Hernandez, Baritone, is a sought-after artist in the world of opera. The native El Pasoan has performed the roles of Dandini, Sharpless, Marcello, Germont, Figaro, Leporello, Papageno, Guglielmo and many more. These roles include performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Hernandez is the artistic advisor for the El Paso Choral Society.

More about the Soloists:
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