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Sing-Along Performance of Handel's Messiah Comes to Raue Center, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to welcome Voices in Harmony with a beautiful holiday tradition. The choir and the community will join their voices together for a sing-along performance of Handel's Messiah at 4 p.m. on December 10, 2017. (more...)

The Dessoff Choirs Announces its Annual Holiday Concert Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Hailed as one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times), The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holiday season with a trio of festive concerts. Now in its 93rd year, The Dessoff Choirs continues to wow audiences with its seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangement of carols performed in some of New York City's most beautiful churches. This season's offerings include a sing-in of Handel's Messiah (the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season), Bernstein's Simchu na celebrating the start of Hanukkah, and works by New York City-based composers: Ola Gjeilo, Nancy Wertsch, Gregg Smith, and James Bassi to name a few. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn's THE CREATION Through Modern-Day Lens
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the third in a series of collaborations bringing to life great musical masterpieces through a provocative and modern-day lens. (more...)

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs present MESSIAH at the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs return to Sydney Opera House with three unmissable performances, bringing the strength of 650 voices to one of classical music's most loved compositions. (more...)

New Donna Summer Musical Starts Tonight at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere production of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, featuring book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy); directed by Des McAnuff; choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), with musical supervision by Ron Melrose. (more...)

The Operation Opera Announces Christmas Spectacular
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

The Operation Opera Christmas Spectacular will be presented at the National Opera Center on December 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. by non-profit theatre company Rabbit Hole Theatricks, Inc. This production marks a return to the National Opera Center for Operation Opera, which played at Lincoln Center and then went on to make its orchestral debut with the Garden State Philharmonic. (more...)

Great Music at St. Bart's Announces 2017 Holiday Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

The December events presented by Great Music at St. Bart's are among New Yorkers' favorite holiday traditions: seasonal music in the beautiful spaces of St. Bartholomew's Church. (more...)

The Falmouth Chorale to Present CAROLS & LULLABIES Holiday Concert
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

The Falmouth Chorale, led by Artistic Director John Yankee, presents a holiday concert, Carols & Lullabies on Saturday, December 9 at 4 pm and Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm. (more...)

Los Angeles Master Chorale Names Elizabeth Greenway Chief Advancement Officer
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

The Los Angeles Master Chorale has appointed Elizabeth Greenway to the position of Chief Advancement Officer. Greenway will lead the advancement and development initiatives of the Master Chorale, a resident company of The Music Center and the choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President & CEO Jean Davidson. Greenway will assume her new position on Tuesday, November 28. (more...)

John Alexander Conducts Pacific Symphony in A Moving Prelude to Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Awe-inspiring sounds of praise ring out as Pacific Symphony is joined by Pacific Chorale for the triumphant annual holiday celebration, Handel's Glorious Messiah, celebrating the birth of Christ. A holiday tradition across the world, Messiah has been performed for more than 275 years, but with each new conductor, orchestra and soloists, it becomes a fresh and newly invigorating experience. This year is especially meaningful as Orange County's own John Alexander (Pacific Chorale's Artistic Director Emeritus) returns to the podium to lead the Symphony along with the Chorale and a host of globally distinguished soloists, including the outstanding tenor, Jason Francisco. Full of brilliant choral writing, thundering timpani and blazing trumpets, Messiah energizes its audience and leaves them singing, Hallelujah! (more...)

Give the gift of NEW JERSEY THEATRE
by Marina Kennedy - Nov 30, 2017

The New Jersey theatre scene is in full swing with holiday productions and shows planned for the New Year. Give gift of the performing arts to your friends, colleagues and loved ones for the holidays. (more...)

Handel's Messiah With A Gospel Twist - It's Too Hot To Handel!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2017

Add an electric spark to your holiday season with the return of the gospel version of Handel's Messiah. Shout 'Hallelujah' and get ready for a roof-raising performance! (more...)

BWW Feature: Intellectual Masturbation (or, The Classical Music Grammy Nominations)
by Cole Grissom - Nov 30, 2017

The Grammy nominations are here! It's such a fun awards show, chock-full of accolades for mediocre pop songs sung by artists with nodules bigger than my fist-a true example of folks living the American Dream. Each year I hope for the best, thinking that, maybe, the nominating committee, or the performers, will surprise me-flipping the script on my shockingly low expectations. This year, to see if they'd accomplished that feat, I headed over to the Grammy's website to peruse the list of nominees. (more...)

Auditorium Theatre Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Grand Re-Opening At Annual Fall Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

On November 12, 2017, the Auditorium Theatre held its Annual Fall Gala, honoring Sonia Florian of the NIB Foundation with the second annual Adler and Sullivan Award. Guests attended a cocktail reception and dinner at the Standard Club before proceeding to the theatre for A Golden Celebration of Dance, a performance honoring the 50th anniversary of the theatre's grand re-opening in 1967. The performance featured dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Berlin State Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, MOMIX, New York City Ballet, Parsons Dance, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, and The Washington Ballet. (more...)

TSO's MESSIAH Receives Two 2018 GRAMMY Nominations!
by Taylor Long - Nov 28, 2017

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's recording of Handel's Messiah received two 2018 GRAMMY Awards Nominations - Best Choral Performance & Producer of the Year, Classical. (more...)

Hershey Symphony Presents Annual Holiday Spectacular
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

The Hershey Symphony Orchestra will present it's annual Holiday Spectacular concert on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 p.m and 8 p.m. at the Hershey Theatre (more...)

Houston Symphony and Chorus Treat Audiences to Premier Performances of Baroque Masterpiece MESSIAH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

The Houston Symphony celebrates the holiday season with a Baroque-era masterpiece, Handel'sMessiah, at 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in Jones Hall. (more...)

Yes 'Topographic Drama Live Across America' Out Now
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2017

In the Summer of 2016, Yes embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album Drama in its entirety for the first time ever plus sides one and four from Yes 1973 double-album Tales From Topographic Oceans (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like Roundabout and Starship Trooper. (more...)

Mercury presents The Holidays In Houston Style
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

Celebrate the beauty and warmth of the holiday season with an enticing array of traditional carols and music with Houston's premiere period instrument ensemble, Mercury, and their acclaimed guest singers - all with strong ties to the Houston area. (more...)

National Chorale presents 50th Presentation Of Handel's Messiah Sing-In, 12/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, continues its 2017-2018 Season at Lincoln Center with the 50th presentation of Handel's Messiah Sing-In onFriday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30pm at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. Tickets are $30-100 and are available at, or by calling (212) 333-5333. (more...)

Jason Tramm to Lead Morris Choral Society in HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR XV: RESOUNDING JOY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

The Morris Choral Society, now in its 45th Anniversary Season, heralds the Holidays with an annual Morristown concert tradition in two performances, Saturday, December 9th, at 8PM and Sunday, December 10th, at 3PM at the historic Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2018 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the eleven recipients of the 2018 Adler Fellowship. Eight singers, two pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception. (more...)

Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture to Present A CHRISTMAS CONCERT in Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2017

The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture will present A Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 16, 2017 (Beethoven's 247th Birthday!) at 6 pm, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. (more...)

TOO HOT TO HANDEL: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

On January 13 and 14, 2018, the Auditorium Theatre presents the 13th annual performance of Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah. Traditionally held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, Too Hot celebrates Dr. King's message of 'beloved community.' The show features acclaimed soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson; legendary Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles; a choir of over 100 members led by Bill Fraher, director of concert choirs at Old St. Patrick's Church; a chamber orchestra conducted by Suzanne Mallare Acton, the assistant music director at Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, MI; and a world-class jazz band featuring electric bass, electric guitar, string bass, and more. Too Hot, which was originally conceived by conductor Marin Alsop and arranged by Bob Christianson and Gary Anderson, puts a twist on George Frideric Handel's classic oratorio, infusing the music with jazz, gospel, rock, and blues. (more...)

YES Release Live Album 'Topographic Drama'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

In the Summer of 2016, Yes embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album Drama in its entirety for the first time ever plus sides one and four from Yes' 1973 double-album Tales From Topographic Oceans (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like Roundabout and Starship Trooper. (more...)

Netflix Announces New Series MESSIAH from Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
by TV News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

Netflix, the world's leading Internet entertainment service, will bring Messiah, an epic suspenseful drama exploring the lines among religion, faith and politics, to its members around the globe in 2019. (more...)

Christmas Cheer Spreads Onto A.D. Players' Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

A.D. Players, one of Houston's oldest and largest resident theater companies, is pleased to announce their upcoming lineup of family-friendly Christmas entertainment at the Jeannette and L.M. George Theater. (more...)

NJSO presents SCI-FI SPECTACULAR: Music From Star Wars, Star Trek And Beyond
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Sci-Fi Spectacular, featuring music from Star Wars, Star Trek and more, January 6 7 in Newark and New Brunswick. Marina Sirtis, best known as counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the four feature films that followed, hosts. (more...)

Pacific Artists Gather to Present THE MESSIAH, PAZIFIK for Charity
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

One of Britain's great Christmas traditions Handel's Messiah, will honour another great British tradition, the National Health Service, when Pacific artists gather to present The Messiah, Pazifik with orchestra, on Nov 25th 2017 at St Mary's Church, Putney Bridge. This stylized realization was conceived by Sani Muliaumasealii, artistic director of London's first Samoan arts entity, The GAFA Arts Collective (GAC). (more...)

Musica Sacra to Present Handel's MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2017

On Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 7:30pm, Musica Sacra returns to Carnegie Hall for its highly acclaimed annual performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah. (more...)

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute presents A TIME LIKE THIS: MUSIC FOR CHANGE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

As part of Carnegie Hall's The '60s: The Years that Changed America festival, the Weill Music Institute (WMI) is launching A Time Like This: Music for Change, a citywide creative learning project that encourages young people to harness music as a meaningful tool for social change. (more...)

Cast Announced for UK Premiere of BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY at The Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

The legendary Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson will be played by James Taylor and Patrick Robinson in the UK premiere of playwright Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. (more...)

Oratorio Society of New York to Present 144th Annual Performance of Handel's MESSIAH at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

The Oratorio Society of New York has the distinction of having performed Handel's Messiah every Christmas season since 1874, and at Carnegie Hall every year the hall has been open since 1891 qualifying the OSNY's annual rendition of the holiday classic as a New York tradition of the highest order. (more...)

HOME ALONE in Concert, Canadian Brass Christmas, MESSIAH and More Set for TSO's Holiday Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

This December, the magic of music is in the key of Christmas at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). (more...)

Soundstreams to Present EAR CANDY: ELECTRIC MESSIAH 3 at The Drake Underground
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

Soundstreams presents Ear Candy: Electric Messiah 3. Rapidly becoming a Toronto holiday tradition, Electric Messiah 3 runs December 4, 5 and 6 at The Drake Underground. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/9/2017
by - Dec 9, 2017's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/9/2017. (more...)

Yisrayl Hawkins Says the Messiah's Actual Message of Peace on Earth is a Far Cry From What is Widely Known in Latest Post
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017


BWW Review: Deck the Halls with Handel's MESSIAH at Saint Thomas's in New York
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 8, 2017

Nothing says Christmas in New York like a performance of Handel's great sacred oratorio Messiah--okay, for some it's the windows at one of the big department stores--with some outings decidedly religious, like this week's pair of wonderful performances at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Featuring the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, with the New York Baroque Incorporated ensemble and some terrific soloists under conductor Daniel Hyde (Saint Thomas's organist and music director), it was a grand start to the season. (more...)

Handel's MESSIAH to Return to Bronx Community College This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

BCC's fifth annual performance of Handel's Messiah is set for Sunday, December 10th, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at The Hall of Fame Playhouse, Bronx Community College, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, New York. (more...)

WQXR to Broadcast Richard Tucker Music Foundation's 2017 Gala and MESSIAH at Trinity Church Wall Street
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2017

Classical music lovers around the world can share in two longstanding New York City institutions beginning this weekend, as both the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert on Sunday, December 10 (6pm ET), and the first of Trinity Church Wall Street's annual performances of Handel's Messiah on Friday, December 15 (7:30pm ET), are broadcast by WQXR, New York City's only all-classical music station, at WQXR 105.9 FM and (more...)

Countdown to Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah At Massey Hall, Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2017

On Sunday, December 17 at 2 PM, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents its wildly popular Sing-Along Messiah, Toronto's largest sing-along classical Christmas concert. This unique and beloved audience participation event at Massey Hall is led by George Frideric Handel himself, aka Tafelmusik Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins in character and meticulously dressed in full baroque costume and powdered wig. Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah is a joyous and profoundly moving experience in the spirit of Handel's own productions. Performed by the orchestra on period instruments and sung by a choir of 23 professional singers specializing in 17th- and 18th-century music, Tafelmusik's performance radiates brilliance and energy, along with an emotional depth that fully enhances the work's expression (AllMusic). (more...)

Musica Viva NY to Present REINTRODUCING SEYMOUR Benefit Concert
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

Musica Viva NY presents legendary pianist, teacher, and composer Seymour Bernstein in a special benefit concert, Reintroducing Seymour, on Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m at All Souls Church on the Upper East Side (Lexington Avenue at 80th Street). (more...)

A&E Network Expands Signature Programming Slate this January
by TV News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

After wrapping up eight consecutive months of growth in November on the back of the network's unparalleled slate of brave storytelling, A&E is expanding its signature slate with new and re-energized returning original series set to air January 2018, it was announced today by Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E Network. (more...)

Jeannette Sorrell Makes National Symphony Orchestra Debut With Handel's MESSIAH
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

Jeannette Sorrell, recognized as one of today's most creative early music conductors, will make her subscription debut conducting the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) with four performances of Handel's Messiah, December 14 through December 17. Joined by four gifted soloists and the University of Maryland Concert Choir under the direction of Edward Maclary, Sorrell will lead the NSO in her fresh perspective that highlights the theatrical, spiritual, and musical storytelling of Handel's classic oratorio. (more...)

National Chorale's 50th Anniversary Online Auction is Now Live
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2017

National Chorale's 50th Anniversary Online Auction is live now through April 12, 2018, with new items added weekly! Bidding is now open at (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chaim Potok's THE CHOSEN in New Haven
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - Dec 4, 2017

Masterful direction and superb performances make THE CHOSEN a must-see. (more...)

BWW Review: TOO HOT TO HANDEL at Choral Artists Of Sarasota
by Carolan Trbovich - Dec 12, 2017

Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, The Choral Artists of Sarasota, previously known as Gloria Musicae, an ensemble of 40 singers, presented Too Hot to Handel, their gospel version of Handle's Messiah last year to a crowd that wanted more. This year they moved the performance that packed the Opera House last year to the Van Wezel Hall and added the State College of Florida Concert Choir, the Festival Singers of Florida and the Manatee School for the Arts Chamber Choir. (more...)

National Chorale to Hold 50th Anniversary Online Auction
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2017

National Chorale's 50th Anniversary Online Auction is live now through April 12, 2018, with new items added weekly! (more...)

Get In The Spirit With Holiday Performances Courtesy of The Union County Board Of Chosen Freeholders
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2017

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to celebrate the season at a variety of festive events right here in Union County this month, with music ranging from light-hearted holiday favorites to the exalting sounds of Handel's Messiah. (more...)

Soloists to Make Carnegie Hall Debuts in Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with The Cecilia Chorus of New York
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2017

The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director, has announced an international cast of vocal soloists for J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio on Saturday, December 9 at 8:00 PM at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th St. and 7th Ave in Manhattan. Maestro Shapiro will conduct the soloists, chorus and orchestra. (more...)

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