December 2, 2010

Hallelujah! Handel’s Glorious Messiah Returns to Kodak Hall

Next weekend, you can experience Handel's magnificent choral work telling the greatest story ever told. The "Hallelujah Chorus" so moved King George II that he sprang to his feet on hearing it, and audiences have continued to do so ever since.

Handel's Messiah "remains an absolute 'evergreen' for music lovers," says Christopher Seaman, "due to the power of the words and the extraordinary genius of Handel."

Seaman will conduct the RPO from the harpsichord with the 150-voice Rochester Oratorio Society and guest soloists Karen Clift, Krysty Swann, Ryan MacPherson, and Stephen Powell.

These will be the RPO’s first performances in the new Eastman Theatre complex. You’ll be able to walk out of the East End Garage and enter the new wing at the corner of Main and Swan Streets. Walk down the hall and you’ll find the new Eastman Theatre Box Office in the atrium, along with a new Theatre Shop. And you’ll be able to view the spectacular Chihuly chandelier!

The concerts are Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 pm. Eric Townell of the Oratorio Society will lead the Pre-Concert Chat one hour before each concert.

Click here to read the program notes for the concert. Use this link for more concert information.

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