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Messiah: An Austin Symphony Holiday Tradition

November 5, 2012
  • Who: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: Handel's Messiah
  • When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Riverbend Centre
  • Cost: $20, $25 & $40

The magnificent, picturesque stone and glass archway of Riverbend Centre will once again be the setting of an Austin holiday tradition when the Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah Wednesday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m. Guest conductor Ryan Heller will conduct one of the most popular oratorios of all time. Guest vocalists Janeene Williams, soprano; Kathryn Findlen, mezzo-soprano; Brian Tierney, tenor; Brett Barnes, bass; and the vocal forces of Chorus Austin will be featured. This concert is being sponsored by Emerson Process Management.

Messiah, composed in just three weeks in 1742, is one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time, and very possibly the greatest work ever written in England. Written as one man’s inspired expression of his faith, Messiah has transcended religion and cultures to become the single most performed oratorio in history. Interestingly, it was at a very early performance in 1743 where one of the great traditions of Messiah performances began. Handel’s patron, King George II, attended one of the performances and stood up in respect to the Almighty when the “Hallelujah” chorus began. As he was the monarch, the audience respectfully followed his lead, and to this day the tradition of standing during this unforgettable chorus remains. While maintaining its emotional and artistic impact, Messiah remains a constant favorite of the holiday repertoire. Don’t miss this timeless Austin tradition. Let the Austin Symphony Orchestra begin the holiday season for you and your family.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah are $20-$40 and are available at, where you will also discover seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. You can also purchase tickets at the Symphony Box Office (Mon. – Fri., 9-5), 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).