The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert
3:11 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Philadelphians and Handel's Messiah LIVE from Verizon Hall: Sunday, December 22 at 2 PM

Not to be missed this Sunday at 2 pm is a special LIVE Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. It will be the only performance of this beloved work this season by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert is sold out; but you can hear it right here on WRTI!

Cristian Macelaru, associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will direct the performance, with the Philadelphians joined by four distinguished soloists (three making their Philadelphia Orchestra debuts), and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

Listen to this feature, by WRTI's Susan Lewis, with historical background about Handel's Messiah and discussion of the music and libretto. Included are comments from David Hayes, music director of Philadelphia Singers, Steven Zohn, a professor of music history at Temple University, and Jeffrey Brillhart, who teaches at Yale and is artistic director of Singing City. He's also director of music and fine arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr.

Cristian Macelaru, associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about the experience of leading the orchestra in Handel's Messiah.

Messiah, often called the most famous oratorio ever written, is yours to enjoy live from Verizon Hall here on WRTI. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host. This complete performance of the work begins at 2 pm this Sunday - an hour later than usual.

*Sponsored in part by WINTERTHUR

PROGRAM:

George Frideric HANDEL: MESSIAH

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Cristian Macelaru: Conductor

Yulia Van Dore: Soprano

Sasha Cooke: Mezzo-Soprano

Nicholas Phan: Tenor

Alexander Dobson: Baritone

The Philadelphia Singers Chorale

David Hayes: Music Director