2013-12-05 / Local & State

Mercersburg Chorus Features U.S. Army Chorus Soloists


The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus (MACC) will celebrate its 38th year with holiday concerts December 7 and 8 at the Mercersburg Academy Chapel. Performance times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The chorus will be joined by full orchestra under the direction of Richard Rotz, and soloists Jan Aaland (soprano), Kathryn Honan Carter (contralto), Colin Eaton (tenor) and Kristopher C. Armstrong (bassbaritone). The concerts will feature Hovhaness’ Magnificat, the Christmas Cantata by Pinkham and a selection of seasonal carols.

Jan Aaland, soprano, has been a frequent guest artist with the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. She first sang with the chorus in the spring of 1986 and last appeared in the spring 2013. Aaland has performed extensively on the East and West coasts and has performed leading operatic roles for the Maryland Lyric Opera, Harrisburg Opera and Annapolis Opera. As a concert soloist she has been a guest artist with many musical organizations. Aaland is an instructor of voice at Hood College. She teaches private voice lessons at her home studio in Braddock Heights, Md.

Kate Honan-Carter, contralto, was a national finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Competition and a two-time recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Education Fund Grant. The San Francisco Chronicle hailed her “ vibrant, colorful mezzo, and flexible, knowing stage presence” in the part of Carmen. Solo concert engagements include appearances with The Washington Concert Opera, The Paul Hill Chorale, The Washington Ballet, The National Chamber Orchestra and The National Symphony.

Colin Eaton, tenor, is a member of the United States Army Chorus, and frequently solos before our nation’s highest-ranking government and military officials, as well as visiting dignitaries from around the globe. He was honored to serve as a featured soloist for the interment ceremony for President Ronald Reagan, and shared the stage with President Obama as the featured national anthem soloist for the naturalization ceremony held at the White House. Eaton has been lauded by the Washington Post as “a commanding tenor that sings with great aplomb” and by the Baltimore Sun as “possessing the ability to dazzle audiences with ease.”

Kristopher C. Armstrong, bass-baritone, has sung on national and international concert stages as a member of the United States Army Chorus and former member of The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, and has had the opportunity to sing for the last three presidents and for the funerals of Presidents Reagan and Ford. He has performed and/or recorded with many other professional ensembles. While in the U.S. Air Force Band, he appeared in their original musical theatre production of Born of a Dream, a tribute to the 100th anniversary of flight, in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

Founded in 1975, the Mercersburg Community Chorus performs two concert series each year, in April and December. Admission to the concerts is free; however, a freewill offering will be taken. Seating at the Mercersburg Academy Chapel is limited and there are no reserved seats. For more information call 717-328-2324 or visit www.mercersburgchorus.org .

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