Festival de Noël: Messiah

Festival de Noël 2016: Messiah

Last year we began what became one of the highlights of the Advent season for the Broadmoor community! We are excited to announce our second annual Festival de Noël on Sunday, November 27, at 6:00 p.m. in the Broadmoor UMC sanctuary. We will present one of the most iconic and recognizable works in the choral repertoire, Handel’s Messiah. This piece has become the most oft performed work by orchestras and choirs across the world and is a Christmas tradition for many. Members of the Shreveport Symphony will join these fine soloists and the Festival de Noël choir comprised of the Broadmoor UMC Chancel Choir, special advent guests, and the Prísma Vocal Ensemble. There is currently a waiting list for tickets. Ticket required for entry!

Meet the Soloists
We will welcome four professional soloists from across the region that all have ties to the arts community here in Shreveport/Bossier. We are delighted to welcome Soprano, Twyla Robinson, back to Broadmoor. She is a force of epic proportions in high demand as a concert soloist and performer across the country and we are so privileged to have her join us for this concert. We also welcome back John Riesen and his new fiancé Gillian Cotter to Shreveport! John will be seen as Rodolfo in Shreveport Opera’s production of La Boheme early in November and many will remember Gillian in her role as Sister Helen Prejean in Shreveport Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking last spring. Rounding out the group will be the powerful baritone Andre Chiang. Andre, as well as John and Gillian, is an alumni of the Shreveport Opera Young Artist program. Andre’s voice has been described as big and ardent, and Music Director Adam Philley attests that it is one of the finest baritone voices he has had the pleasure of hearing.

Join a Festival Volunteer Team
The mission of the Festival is to offer the highest quality musical experience to the Broadmoor/Shreveport community, free of charge. The high quality does not just apply to those on the stage. We want people attending this event to feel that we prepared a place just for them. We accomplish this by focusing on each aspect of their experience from the “parking lot to the pew.” This requires a large number of volunteers. We would like you to consider joining a volunteer team. For more information about volunteering please contact Nancy Beauvais, Festival de Noël chairperson, at nhbmom@gmail.com.

Be a Festival Sponsor
To help underwrite our festival budget for this year and many more years to come, consider being a soloist sponsor ($250) or a musician sponsor ($200). Together we can make our church's musical gift to the community an Advent evening of beauty and meaning. As a sponsor you will receive thanks and recognition in the event program. Please contact Adam Philley, Director of Music Ministries, at adam@broadmoorumc.org if you are interested, or drop off your donation at the church marked "Festival de Noël."