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Saturday, December 9th • 3:00 PM


Silverdale Lutheran Church
11701 Ridgepoint Dr. NW, Silverdale WA 98383

Sunday, December 10th • 3:00 PM

St. Gabriel Church
1150 Mitchell Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Just in time for the holiday season, two opportunities to hear Handel’s beloved English oratorio! Bring your entire family to celebrate this classical masterwork with friends and neighbors around Kitsap County, featuring the Symphony Chorale and four talented local soloists.

$28 for adults
$10 for young adults (19-29)
$5 for youth (18 & under)

2.5 hours

Program Book
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Handel: Messiah

Featuring soloists Emerald Lessley, Ann Jacobs, Andrew Etherington, Micah Parker

32. The trumpet shall sound (Bass)

33. Worthy is the Lamb (Chorus)

1. Sinfony (Instrumental)
2. Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
3. Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
4. And the glory of the Lord (Chorus)
5. Thus saith the Lord (Bass)
6. But who may abide the day of his coming (Baritone)
7. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
8. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto,
9. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)

17. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
18. He was despised (Alto)
19. Surely he has borne our griefs (Chorus)
20. And with his stripes we are healed (Chorus)
21. All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
22. He trusted in God (Chorus)
23. He was cut off (Soprano)

29. I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
30. Since by man came death (Chorus)
31. Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)


10. The people that walked in darkness (Bass)
11. For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
12. Pifa (Instrumental)
13a. There were shepherds abiding in the fields
13b. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them
14. And the angel said unto them (Soprano)
15. And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)
16. Glory to God (Chorus)



24. But thou didst not leave his soul in hell
25. Why do the nations so furiously rage
together (Bass)
26. He that dwelleth in heaven (Tenor)
27. Thou shalt break them (Tenor)
28. Hallelujah Chorus

Andrew Etherington

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Andrew Etherington of Overland Park, Kansas, completed his music undergraduate studies at Ole Miss and honed his singing and stage skills with Bill Hall’s American Opera Studio.  Andrew then attended The Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying both performance and pedagogy, and performed with companies including Baltimore Lyric, Baltimore Concert Opera, and Washington National Opera.  He moved to the Seattle area in 2015 and quickly joined the voice faculty of Olympic College in Bremerton, WA where he currently lectures, teaches applied voice, and directs opera productions.  Since 2017, Andrew has been a regular opera chorister and is enjoying recent success in covering roles and performing comprimario parts at Seattle Opera, in addition to singing supportive, lead, and title roles with Tacoma Opera, Vashon Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Kitsap Opera, and Puget Sound Concert Opera.  Recently, Andrew accepted the position of Artistic Director of Kitsap Opera in Bremerton, WA and is proud to help launch their 2023/24 season of Amahl and The Night Visitors this December and Rossini’s La cenerentola (Cinderella) in September of 2024.  

Ann Jacobs

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Ann Marie Jacobs is delighted to be working with Bremerton Symphony Association again after having performed as a soloist for Handel’s Messiah in December 2019. She has also performed the role of Mary in the Winter 2018 performance of Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and the spring 2018 performance of Mahler’s Symphony #8.  She previously played the role of Buttercup in the Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale’s performance of HMS Pinafore.  In Summer 2021, she played the role of Martha in Kitsap Opera’s Faust. Ann studies with Susan Trainer and sings as a member of the Bremerton Symphony Chorale. In addition to her music life, she is member of Kitsap Opera’s Board of Directors, runs a small consulting business, and is a student in the Olympic College Film School program. 

Emerald Lessley

Emerald Lessley began studying music and performing at a young age in northern California. Dr. Lessley has enjoyed roles such as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Eurydice in Glück’s Orphée et Eurydice, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Calisto in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Semele in Handel’s Semele, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Gasparina in Haydn’s La Canterina, Geraldine in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Pauline in Barab’s A Toy Shop, Estrella in Offenbach’s La Perichole, and Belisa in the U.S. premiere of Maderna’s opera Don Perlimplìn. In addition to traditional operatic repertoire, Emerald is an active performer of new music. She loves premiering new works and has enjoyed recent collaborations with composers on concerts in both the U.S. and Europe.

Micah Parker

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Micah Parker, a Bremerton native, is thrilled to join the BSO for Messiah.  He’s performed such operatic roles as, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Germont in La traviata, the Count in Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, and most recently Valentin in Faust.  He has also played principal roles in Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel and The King and I.  He regularly recitals in academic and professional settings, particularly enjoying work with younger generations; his penchant for outreach has led him to work with Northwest Opera in Schools, Etc., local community colleges and high schools to showcase opera as an art form.   His latest engagements include co-directing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, performing solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bernstein’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem, and directing Massenet’s Cendrillon.  Micah recently took up the role of General Manager for Kitsap Opera, and is energized at the forward trajectory of the company.

BSA Musicians

Alan Futterman 
Music Director


LeeAnne Campos
Chorale Director

This Season is Sponsored by

The A.Y. Petter
Family Donor Advised Fund

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