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The COSMIC Symphony, under the direction of Vladimir Lande, and the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Michael Santana and Leroy Pressley, are joining forces to present two masterworks.

Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” is a 1959 large-scale choral work composed for chorus, soprano soloist and large orchestra; hence the collaboration between two of Southern Maryland’s own nonprofit arts organizations.

They will be joined by soprano soloist Ashley Kirby Kimbrough, a Maurice J. McDonough High School graduate who went on to earn a master’s in music and is teaching at Middle Tennessee State University.

The second half of the concert will feature the Nativity portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” a 1741 oratorio that encompasses Jesus Christ’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, beginning with God’s promises as heard through the voice of the prophets.

Messiah will feature guest soloists Kimbrough (soprano), Jennifer Cooper (alto) and Michael Santana (bass). Members of the audience are encouraged to sing along on the full chorus sections, including the concert finale, “The Hallelujah Chorus.”

The concerts will be held on two days in two locations: 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Patuxent Presbyterian Church at 23415 Kingston Creek Road in California and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the College of Southern Maryland Fine Arts Center at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

Tickets for the Saturday concert in St. Mary’s County are $8 to $10 and can be purchased at the door with cash or check only or by calling 240-561-9799. Proceeds will benefit COSMIC Symphony.

Tickets for the Sunday performance in Charles County are $12 to $15 and can be purchased at the door with cash or check only, at www.chesapeakechoral.com or by calling 301-642-0594. Proceeds will benefit the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society.