FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO: Austin Symphony with Austin Civic Chorus
WHAT: Handel’s Messiah
WHEN: Tuesday, December 10, 1996; 8pm
WHERE: Palmer Auditorium
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman or Anne Lasseigne 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)

THE AUSTIN SYMPHONY WITH THE AUSTIN CIVIC CHORUS PRESENT HANDEL’S "MESSIAH"

Co-sponsored by Fisher-Rosemount and Hartland Bank

Handel’s Messiah will be performed by the Austin Symphony and the Austin Civic Chorus on Tuesday, December 10, at 8 pm at Palmer Auditorium. Dr. David Stevens, Music Director of the Austin Civic Chorus, will conduct the Symphony and the Austin Civic Chorus in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece. Featured soloists are Cheryl Parrish, soprano; Lori Bade, alto; David Vanderwal, tenor; and Bill Rhodes, bass.

Messiah had a triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742. It was not until 1750, however, that the work began to receive its due in London. The composer presented it for the benefit of the London Foundling Hospital; Handel’s presentation of its proceeds to a worthy cause inspired a wave of public goodwill, and it became a huge success. While maintaining its emotional and artistic impact, Messiah remains a perennial favorite of the holiday repertoire.

Ticket Information:
Tickets are now available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 1101 Red River; prices are $10, $15 and $20. Box office hours are 9 am- 5 pm Monday through Friday. Tickets will be sold at Palmer Auditorium 6:30-8 pm on the evening of the performance. To reserve tickets using American Express, VISA, MasterCard or Discover card or for more information, call 476-6064.

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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