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Knightly musicians trumpet birth of Christ with concert
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The Knights Chamber Orchestra from New York and the University of Georgia Hodgson Singers along with four professional soloists will combine their talents for a rare complete performance of Handel’s Messiah.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 in Hodgson Concert Hall on the UGA campus in Athens.

Tickets $32 to $47 and are discounted for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

The program will open with The Knights performing Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto.”

Founded by the violinist Colin Jacobsen and his brother and cellist, Eric, The Knights have collaborated with a list of music superstars including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Itzhak Perlman and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck. The ensemble will return to Athens in February as chamber orchestra in residence with a Masterworks series concert and special educational programs for area school children.

Under the direction of Daniel Bara, the UGA Hodgson Singers were the 2014 Grand Prix winners of the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Salzburg, Austria. The Hodgson Singers will be joined by four professional soloists for the Messiah: soprano Molly Quinn, countertenor Reginald Mobley, tenor Kyle Stegall and bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton.

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