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On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N Wilkinson St, Dayton, OH, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir, under the leadership of DPO Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Handel’s Messiah.
Four vocalists will join the Dayton Philharmonic in this performance lending their solo artistry to this beautiful holiday tradition. In debut appearances with the Philharmonic are soprano Maya Vansuch*, mezzo-soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk*, tenor Carlos Cardenas, and baritone De’Ron McDaniel* (* members of Dayton Opera’s 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence program). The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will be featured in this choral masterpiece.
This performance of Handel’s Messiah is sponsored by The Harlamert Charitable Foundation.
Although Handel’s Messiah speaks directly to the gospel message of the passion and resurrection celebrated at Easter, this angelic piece has become a holiday tradition at Christmastime as well. In three parts, Messiah relates the prophecy of a savior and his coming, his passion and resurrection, and his role in eternal life after death. With no distinguishable characters, the drama relies entirely on the communication of the story of Christ in words, as well as in the powerful, emotionally stirring, and at times heartbreakingly beautiful music of a composer for whom the oratorio proved a personal salvation.
Join the DPO in December for this glorious presentation at the gorgeous Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton.
Tickets for Handel’s Messiah are $37 for adults and $19 for students and children and can be purchased at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.