Head to Newnan for the ‘Messiah’


On Dec.  17 at 3 p.m., Coweta’s own Masterworks Chorale will join the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Chancel Choir to present George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Part I, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” This free concert, Masterworks’ gift to the community, will take place in downtown Newnan in the FUMC sanctuary.

Artistic Director Kathy Bizarth will lead the performance. Accompaniment will be provided by David Kinrade, organist, chorus master and Minster of Music for Newnan First United Methodist Church, and a chamber orchestra.

Also featured will be three soloists, all of whom have Georgia roots.

Soprano Sarah Taylor is a Newnan High School graduate with an extensive recital repertoire including song, opera, and oratorio. She has been featured in the distinguished Charles Wadsworth and Friends Concert and has sung with the Seattle Opera and Boston University’s Tanglewood Program. 

Soprano Robin Sewell is also from Newnan and a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and studied with Kathryn Hartgrove.  Ms. Sewell has recently performed with Capitol City Opera’s Madrigal Singers and Opera on Tap Atlanta.

Tenor Daniel Weisman has participated in operas, musicals, and opera scenes programs with companies such as the Harrower Summer Opera Program, Kent Stark Theatre, Opera Cleveland, the Janiec Opera Company, and Solon Center for the Arts. He was named the 2013-2014 recipient of the Frances Crawford Senior Voice Scholarship.

Seating in the FUMC sanctuary is limited, so come early. A love offering will be taken.