Contact: Angela Whitehead

Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

[email protected]


DAYTON, OH (November 19, 2019) – On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N Wilkinson St, Dayton, OH, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, under the leadership of DPO Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present Handel’s Messiah.

Four vocalists will join the Dayton Philharmonic in this performance lending their solo artistry to this beautiful holiday tradition. In debut appearances with the Philharmonic are soprano Maya Vansuch*, mezzo-soprano Annalise Dzwonczyk*, tenor Carlos Cardenas, and baritone De’Ron McDaniel* (*members of Dayton Opera’s 2019-2020 Artists-in-Residence program). The Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will be featured in this choral masterpiece.

This performance of Handel’s Messiah is sponsored by The Harlamert Charitable Foundation.

Although Handel’s Messiah speaks directly to the gospel message of the passion and resurrection celebrated at Easter, this angelic piece has become a holiday tradition at Christmastime as well. In three parts, Messiah relates the prophecy of a savior and his coming, his passion and resurrection, and his role in eternal life after death. With no distinguishable characters, the drama relies entirely on the communication of the story of Christ in words, as well as in the powerful, emotionally stirring, and at times heartbreakingly beautiful music of a composer for whom the oratorio proved a personal salvation.

Join the DPO in December for this glorious presentation at the gorgeous Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton.

Tickets for Handel’s Messiah are $37 for adults and $19 for students and children and can be purchased at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.