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The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor William Fred Scott, will bring Handel’s inspiring seasonal classic, Messiah, to the Alys Stephens Center on Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at 8 p.m.
The holiday concert, presented by McWane Inc., will feature soprano Elizabeth Andrews Roberts, mezzo-soprano Angela Horn, tenor Bradley Howard, bass Jason Hardy, the Birmingham Concert Chorale, and the UAB Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale.
George Frideric Handel composed Messiah, An Oratorio, in 1742. He is reputed to have composed the piece in 24 days, going without food or sleep while he frantically penned the work. He emerged from his room with the completed score, muttering to a servant, “I did think I did see Heaven before me and the great God Himself!”
Ticket prices for the concert begin at $18; group rates and Student Rush seating are available. To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Box Office at (205) 251-7727, or visit the ASO Web site at www.alabamasymphony.org
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the major support provided by the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Fund administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has entertained audiences for over 70 years, playing a variety of classical and popular musical compositions and hosting performances by some of the finest guest artists in the world. The talented musicians of the ASO bring to life some of the world’s most treasured musical masterpieces and introduce listeners to exciting new works and composers, performing over 100 concerts for more than 100,000 persons annually.