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Mark S. Doss Returns to Chicago for Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Will Perform in Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Princeton, NJ

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 Mark S. Doss Returns to Chicago for Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Will Perform in Beethoven's 9th Symphony in Princeton, NJ

Grammy Award winner, Mark S. Doss, returns to one of Chicago's favorite holiday traditions as the bass soloist for Handel's Do-It-Yourself Messiah. Celebrating its 38th annual performance, Messiah will take place on Thursday, December 19, 2013 and Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

"I am honored to return to Chicago for the magnificent Do-It-Yourself Messiah," said Mark S. Doss. "I look forward to sharing the stage in front of a huge chorus/audience, with other world-class soloists and a very talented orchestra of local and amateur musicians. This holiday tradition for Chicago is extremely meaningful to me and has become the perfect way to celebrate the holidays, year-after-year."

Doss has spent more than a quarter century delighting Chicago audiences throughout his career. After studying at Indiana University with Walter Cassel and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, he became an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, which led to him becoming a member of what was formerly known as Chicago's Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. He has also performed in 10 seasons at Lyric, most notably singing the roles of Hercules in Alceste, Cinque in Amistad, and Escamillo in Carmen. In addition to past performances of Messiah, Mr. Doss was also featured with the Chicago Symphony in the title role of Anthony Davis' opera X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X).


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