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DAYTON, OH (December 1, 2011) – On Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4 p.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, a popular holiday tradition will continue as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel’s renowned oratorio Messiah.

Soloists Megan Bell, soprano, Julia Bentley, alto, Matt Morgan, tenor, and Curtis Streetman, bass, along with the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a presentation of Handel’s immortal classic. Neal Gittleman, music director of the Dayton Philharmonic, will conduct.

Composed in just three short weeks in 1741, Georg Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah is one of the most-popular and best known works of classical music ever written.   It tells the story of Jesus Christ from Isaiah’s prophecy through the Nativity, Crucifixion, Resurrection and the promise of eternal life.  This performance, in the beautiful setting of Westminster Presbyterian Church, is a Dayton holiday time tradition.

The Messiah performance is sponsored by the Harlamert Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the December 11 performance are priced at $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors, $14 for Students and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at www.daytonphilharmonic.com.  All seating is on a General Admission basis (no reserved seats). Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 126 N. Wilkinson Street in beautiful downtown Dayton.