Simpson University Christmas Concert to Feature ‘Messiah,’ International Vocal Artist

REDDING, Calif. – Simpson University’s 16th annual Christmas concert on Dec. 2 will feature one of the most widely sung choral works in Western music, Handel’s “Messiah.” Selections from the masterpiece will be presented during the 3 p.m. concert by the Simpson Chorale, the Shasta Symphony Orchestra, and the university’s community choir, as well as guest vocalists.

International classical and pop voice artist Kittinant Chinsamran of Thailand will be a featured soloist. The San Francisco Chronicle and SF Classical Voice described Chinsamran’s appearances with the San Francisco Symphony as the “emotional highlight of the performance,” and “the most consistently excellent performance of the soloists.”

The concert will also include Redding-based recording artist and vocal instructor Carrie Grosch and operatic performers Raphaella Medina and Dash Waterbury.

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The Christmas section of “Messiah” is a worldwide holiday favorite because of classic choruses such as “And the Glory of the Lord Shall Be Revealed” and “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” The concert will include the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” In addition, the soloists and choirs will present seasonal standards such as “O Holy Night.”

“Northern California deserves a heart-warming holiday season after the heartbreak of this fire season,” said Dr. Kieun Steve Kim, Simpson University’s director of choral activities. “Simpson invites your family to begin December with a concert of uplifting Christmas music.”

The concert, which typically sells out, takes place in the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus at 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. Admission is $12, general; $10 seniors; and $5, students with school ID. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

About Kittinant Chinsamran:

Kittinant Chinsamran comes to Simpson University in late November as the Music Department’s second Artist-in-Residence for 2018-19. In addition to performing in the Christmas Concert, he will conduct a master class and offer voice lessons. Chinsamran gained national recognition in 2013 when he went to the final round of “The Voice Thailand.” He voiced actor Bill Murray’s character Baloo in the Thai version of “The Jungle Book” and was chosen to voice “The Beast” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Thai edition.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit