Do-It-Yourself Messiah tickets available Monday

November 13, 2009 (PRESS RELEASE) On Monday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park will host the 34th annual Bank of America Do-It-Yourself Messiah, Chicago's famed holiday tradition where the audience serves as the chorus while an orchestra performs George Frederic Handel's masterpiece, Messiah. As many as 2,200 complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis beginning at noon on Monday, November 16. Tickets can be requested at the Harris Theater Box Office located at 205 E. Randolph, or by phone at 312-334-7777. A maximum of two tickets per order may be requested.

"Bank of America is proud to continue the Bank of America Do-It-Yourself Messiah tradition in Chicago and its surrounding communities, "said Tim Maloney, Illinois President for Bank of America. "This event is a unique way to bring together people of different backgrounds, across generations and from around the world to share one voice in celebration of the season."

The Messiah performance lasts approximately two and a half hours. The audience, seated according to voice range, sings the choral part of the piece. This year's performance will be lead by a full orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians, four professional soloists - soprano Tamara Matthews, alto Meredith Arwady, tenor John Tessier and bass-baritone Nathan Berg - and world-renowned Maestro Stanley Sperber.

Performances of the Do-It-Yourself Messiah will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. Lobby doors at the Harris Theater located at 205 E. Randolph will open at 6 p.m.; theater doors open at 6:30. Seating is subject to capacity of the theater.

For more information, visit the"target="_blank">International Music Foundation Web site.

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 30 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 1975.

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