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December 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

MESSIAH

SING-A-LONG

Join your voice with director Gregory Berg, soloists, and the Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra for our 15th Annual Community Messiah Sing-Along. Enjoy the glittering lights, candles, and Handel’s glorious music. Bring your own score, or we’ll provide one. This will be a highlight of your holiday season! 

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

 

Gregory Berg teaches private voice at Carthage, and also helps to direct the opera program in cooperation with music theater coordinator Corinne Ness. He also teaches Vocal Diction & Literature and Opera History, and in the past has taught Exploring Music, Popular Music in America, and Aural Skills. He enjoys serving as principal accompanist for the Carthage Choir as well as for students in many of their recitals, juries, and departmental performances.

 

Professor Berg received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) in 1982 and was named by the faculty as outstanding music major of his class. He went on to earn a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From there he was privileged to be a singer with the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in 1985-86. His awards as a singer include four first-place finishes in state and/or regional NATS competitions, and he was a district winner of the 1984 Metropolitan Opera Auditions.

 

With orchestra, he has performed such operatic roles as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Michel (Il Tabarro), Ottone (The Coronation of Poppea), Schaunard (La Boheme), Ko-Ko (The Mikado), and Sam (Trouble in Tahiti). His solo performances with orchestra also include such works as Hodie, Mystical Songs, and The Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams), Magnificat and St. John’s Passion (J.S. Bach), St. Nikolai Mass (Haydn), Te Deum (Dvorak), Mass for the Children (Rutter) and Old American Songs (Copland.)

 

He has served as CD/DVD reviewer for the Journal of Singing, the official scholarly publication of NATS — the National Association of Teachers of Singing — since 2001.

 

Professor Berg is a familiar voice to many people in Southeastern Wisconsin because of his on-air work with WGTD FM 91.1, the local NPR affiliate, for whom he hosts a daily interview program called The Morning Show. His list of noteworthy guests includes Jimmy Carter, Alan Alda, Bill Moyers and Tim Russert, plus such notable musical guests as Thomas Hampson, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Eileen Farrell, Shirley Verrett, and Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb.

 

He also serves as minister of music at Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, Wis. He is the composer of three liturgies, four commissioned hymns, and numerous choral anthems. He is married to a Carthage graduate, Kathy (Gall) Berg ’ 84, who is a highly regarded music teacher in the Racine Unified School District.

 

Prof. Berg earned his M.A. in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his B.A. in music and religion from Luther College. He joined the Carthage faculty in 1991.

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