"A Heidelberg Christmas" returns to The Ritz Theatre this year at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include traditional concert music of the season, Christmas carols and highlights from Handel's "Messiah," which has been a tradition at Heidelberg for more than a century.
Directed by Greg Ramsdell, the 51-voice Concert Choir includes several Calvert High School students and a few Heidelberg alumni.
The first half of the concert will feature holiday music performed by the University Community Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Clark; the Concert Choir, under the direction of Ramsdell; and the Chamber Winds, under the direction of John Owen.
The second half will include arias and choruses from "Messiah," plus the "Hallelujah" chorus.
In between sets, the audience and performers will join for a carol sing-along.
Three soloists, along with alumni and the community, will come together for the "Messiah" portion of the program.
Performing the soprano solo will be Heidelberg alumna Sarah Harvey. Following graduation from Heidelberg in 2010, Harvey received a master's degree in music from Kent State University, where she is pursuing a certificate in vocal performance.
Additionally, she teaches voice lessons and works for the offices of Kent/Blossom Music Festival and the KSU School of Music.
The mezzo soprano soloist will be Lindsey Grebeldinger, who recently sang back-up vocals for Josh Groban during his world tour. She recently performed the role of Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill's American opera, "Street Scene." Last summer, she joined the Cincinnati Opera for its production of "Aida" and also appeared in a cabaret concert series with the opera.
She also has performed in Verdi's "Otello," Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate" and Nicolai's "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
Tenor soloist Shawn McDonald is accomplished in numerous styles and instruments. Classically trained in opera, he has performed such roles as Rodolfo in "La Boheme," Edgardo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" and Alfredo in "La Traviata."
The minister of music for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., he is staff pianist and composer-in-residence at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield and artistic director for Arbor Opera Theatre.