2012 Do-It-Yourself Messiah Tickets Available November 15 at

2012 Do-It-Yourself Messiah Tickets Available November 15 at Noon
From Harris Theater Box Office 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  On Monday, December 17
and Tuesday, December 18, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah, presented by
the International Music Foundation, will take place at the Harris
Theater in Chicago. This famed holiday tradition, where the audience
serves as the chorus and is accompanied by an orchestra and
world-class soloists, celebrates its 37th year with two performances
of George Frederic Handel's masterpiece, "Messiah."  
The performances have been made possible through generous
sponsorships from Wintrust Financial Corporation, Performance Trust
Companies, CNA Foundation and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable
Trust. Beginning at noon on Thursday, November 15, $10 tickets may be
purchased at the Harris Theater Box Office located at 205 E.
Randolph, by phone at 312-334-7777, or on-line at
The audience, seated according to voice range, sings the choral part
of the piece, and will be joined by a full orchestra of volunteer
musicians, four professional soloists -- soprano Tamara Matthews,
alto Meredith Arwady, tenor Nicholas Phan (a new artist this year!)
and bass-baritone Mark S. Doss -- and with world-renowned Maestro
Stanley Sperber on the podium.  
Performances of the Do-It-Yourself Messiah will begin at 7 p.m. on
Monday, December 17 and Tuesday, December 18. Patrons may take their
seats in the theater, located at 205 E. Randolph, beginning at 6:15
p.m. The Messiah performance lasts approximately two and a half
hours. For more information, visit the International Music Foundation
website at www.imfchicago.org. 
About the Messiah: Composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel,
Messiah is a large-scale piece for orchestra, chorus and soloists.
Originally intended as an Easter oratorio, it has become more
popularly associated with the Christmas holiday season. 
A small church in rural England began the "do-it-yourself" part more
than 40 years ago. Al Booth, founder of the International Music
Foundation, was an early participant and brought the idea home to
Chicago where he and Margaret Hillis, then director of the Chicago
Symphony Chorus, staged the first event in 1976. 
About the International Music Foun
dation: The International Music
Foundation (IMF) was founded in 1979 by Chicagoan Al Booth as the
umbrella organization for two of his music projects: the
Do-It-Yourself Messiah and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
series, both now cornerstones of the Chicago musical scene. In 1981,
with the help of Yehudi Menuhin, the IMF added Live Music Now!, a
concert series for children in the Chicago Public Schools. For more
information please visit, www.imfchicago.org 
Karolyn Raphael 
Winger Marketing 
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