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Austin Symphony Presents Handel’s Messiah

November 4, 2014
  • Who: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: Handel's Messiah
  • When: December 2, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church – 3901 Speedway
  • Cost: $15-$45
  • Contact: Eric Marshall- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas Tradition, Handel’s Messiah but in its brand new location, Hyde Park Baptist Church on Tuesday December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. This central location will make it possible for all of Austin to enjoy this timeless masterpiece. Guest conductor Ryan Heller will conduct one of the most popular oratorios of all time alongside guest vocalists Kate Kinhan, soprano; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Scot Cameron, tenor; Brett Barnes, bass; and the vocal forces of Chorus Austin. This concert will also feature rare opportunity to hear a countertenor perform the alto solos. This concert is being sponsored by Cook-Walden Funeral Home.

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 $15-$45 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), 1101 Red River or call 512-476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).

All programs, artists, and dates are subject to change. ###