Barroom ‘Messiah’ comes to Rockland’s Fog bar and cafe

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ROCKLAND — Now in its third Christmas season in Portland at the nightclub Blue, a Barroom Messiah sing-along is coming this year to Rockland at the Fog bar and café on Main Street.

Handel's Messiah, as much a Christmas tradition as Santa and shopping, is often performed in auditoriums and cathedrals, but its popularity can take it into smaller and sometimes surprising venues. On Saturday, December 16 at Fog, people who already love the music and those who come to find out what all the fuss is about can order a brew and join the chorus or listen to the performance by some of Maine's finest musicians.

Director Charles Brown, Jr., of Vinalhaven and Portland, who is in charge of music at Nativity Lutheran Church in Rockport, has brought together soloists Erin Chenard, soprano, Chris Garrepy, alto, David Myers Jr., tenor, and Ted Long, bass, as well as a string quintet and keyboard. The intent of the Barroom Messiah is to introduce this celebrated music to a wider audience while giving all of us a chance to rest from shopping, lean back with friends, share good cheer, and rise to belt out the Hallelujah chorus.

All those interested in singing the choruses should arrive at 2:30 p.m. for rehearsal. Some scores are available. The performance will begin at 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission, though contributions to help pay the expenses will be welcome.

For more information, email director Charles Brown at or Ashley Seelig at

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 4:30pm
Event Location: 
Fog Bar and Cafe, Rockland, ME
Contact Name: 
Charles Brown
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