“Messiah” tickets are going fast!
The University of Chicago Motet Choir, University Chorus, and Rockefeller Chapel Orchestra present Handel’s holiday masterpiece performed with over 150 voices! Acclaimed choral master James Kallembach conducts the Messiah on Friday, December 2 at 8:00 PM. A tradition in Hyde Park since 1930, the 2011 performance will feature soloists Angela Mannino (soprano), Trevór Mitchell (tenor), Paul Corona (bass-baritone), and Ann Vikstrom (alto) to perform the beloved collection of compassionate arias and lively choruses in the magnificent setting of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Handel’s Messiah is not only the most widely performed of Handel’s works, but is arguably one of the most popular compositions in the entire oratorio genre. Upon reading the scriptures from the Old and New Testaments compiled by literary scholar Charles Jennens, the composer was overcome by their power and composed the complete work in a mere 24 days, often feeling close to seeing the face of God in the music. In symphonic celebration, the Messiah recounts the life of Jesus from birth to crucifixion and finally resurrection, interweaving vocal and orchestral performance to create an uplifting, spiritual experience. The full orchestral textures and subtle choral nuances emphasize the theme of redemption and salvation, while the prominent role of the brass in the piece generates a sonic impact far beyond that of most other oratorios.
Ticket may be purchased by calling the ticket hotline at 773.702.9075. Please note: last year’s concert sold out. Reserve your tickets early!
$35 Chancel // $25 Front Nave // $20 General // $10 Students
*Please note that unclaimed Front Nave seating will open to general admission at 7:55pm.
Persons who may need assistance should call 773.702.2100 in advance of the event.