Commonwealth Chorale to feature young musicians

Published 4:35 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Commonwealth Chorale will present Handel’s “Messiah” at the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center in Blackstone on Sunday, Dec. 6, and on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Farmville United Methodist Church. Both performances are at 3 p.m. and are free of charge.

This year the chorale will include three young musicians who will be making their debut performance in “The Messiah.”

Christian Diaz


Alex Taing


Donovan Williams


Christian Diaz, first violin,  is a student at Virginia Commonwealth University studying exercise science “enroute to apply for physical therapy school.” He also performs with the Virginia Commonwealth University Symphony.

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Donovan Williams, second violin, is a seventh-grade student at Collegiate School in Richmond. He has served as concertmaster for his school orchestra, has been a member of the Short Pump Symphonette and is currently a first violinist in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Alex Taing, viola, is in the ninth grade. He plays both violin and viola and has been a part of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program for three years. He presently serves as principal violist in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Chorale Children’s Choir, directed by Christine Prengaman, will also sing.

“We are thrilled to have so many representatives of the rising generation of musicians participating and wish to acknowledge all the time and effort each one has contributed in preparing for this concert,” Commonwealth Chorale board member Marion L. Carter said.