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"Charismatic and compulsively watchable.” –New York Observer on Pisaroni's Leporello

In the first of several high-profile appearances this season, Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni earned universal acclaim for his star turn as Leporello in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, which ran from October 13-November 11. The New York Observer deemed Pisaroni "charismatic and compulsively watchable," while the New York Times enthused: "The bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni was a dynamic Leporello, singing with a muscular voice, rich colorings and agility." He sang alongside such talents as Peter Mattei and Mariusz Kwiecien (as Don Giovanni), Barbara Frittoli (Donna Elvira) and Ramón Vargas (Don Ottavio), led by Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi. The Financial Times singled out his Leporello for special praise, saying, "Pisaroni ignored buffo clichés as Leporello, making the servant eminently serious, eminently sonorous and essentially clever." The Daily News went further, stating: "The evening really belonged to bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, as Don G's put-upon servant, Leporello. His performance packed sexiness and full-blooded zest."

For those who couldn't catch the Met's Don Giovanni, Pisaroni turned heads as Leporello in a lauded 2010 Glyndebourne production of the opera that was documented on an EMI Classics DVD, released this spring. BBC Music magazine extolled the DVD as one to have listeners "shivering with the best of them," adding that "Gerald Finley as the Don and Luca Pisaroni's nimble Leporello play a thought-provoking double act."

Next up for Pisaroni are his performances as Caliban – alongside Plácido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato – in The Enchanted Island, the Met's freshly conceived Shakespearean tableau of music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau, conducted by William Christie (December 31-January 30). He makes his Chicago Lyric Opera debut in February 2012, reprising his acclaimed portrayal of Argante for a new production of Handel's Rinaldo (February 29-March 24). Of his performances in Rinaldo at Glyndebourne last summer, Opera Today wrote: "Argante can be a relatively small part, but Luca Pisaroni made it central, by the sheer force of personality in his singing." After playing a signature role – Mozart's Figaro – in Munich and Vienna in the spring, Pisaroni returns to the U.S. next summer to sing the title role in the Rossini rarity Maometto II at Santa Fe Opera, a world premiere of the score's new critical edition.

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Goldman’s decade of accomplishments includes Centennial season celebration, completion of Second Century campaign, Keeping Score multimedia project, 10-year Gustav Mahler recording project and expansion of education programs

ohn D. Goldman, President of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) since 2001, has announced he will step down in October 2012, completing eleven years of distinguished accomplishments central to raising the artistic profile, expanding education programs, and strengthening the use of media and technology at the 100-year-old arts institution. Sakurako Fisher has been named President-Elect and will be officially elected to the office of President at the Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting on October 27, 2012. Upon the end of his term, John Goldman will remain a member of the SFS Board of Governors.

John D. Goldman’s many accomplishments in 10 years to date as Board President include the launch and completion of the Symphony’s Second Century campaign to support the Orchestra’s artistic, education, and community programs. The funds raised will strengthen the organization’s commitment to artistic and musical excellence, help develop new audiences, fund artist and composer residencies and commissioned works, and help assure the organization’s financial stability. Goldman was at the helm during the planning and the ongoing celebration of the Orchestra’s Centennial season in 2011-12, highlighted by the return of the groundbreaking American Mavericks Festival, the visits of six leading American orchestras for two-concert residencies, and the expansion of education and community programs. Also, during his tenure the Orchestra launched and successfully completed the globally-acclaimed, decade-long Gustav Mahler recording project on SFS Media, which encompassed the recordings of all of the composer’s symphonies and works for voice, chorus and orchestra, a cycle that won seven Grammy Awards.

With Goldman as President, the SFS conceived and created the $25 million Keeping Score project, producing a national television and radio series and websites designed to make classical music more widely accessible for all. Keeping Score, an unprecedented media endeavor in the Orchestra world, encompasses eight hour-long composer documentaries, eight live concert films, a Peabody Award-winning radio series, and a highly-praised educational music website with interactive segments on the composers. The Symphony’s media and technology endeavors significantly expanded during Goldman’s leadership as President, further establishing the SFS as an innovator in reaching audiences far beyond the concert experience at Davies Symphony Hall.

A member of the SFS’s Board of Governors since 1996, John D. Goldman succeeded Nancy Bechtle as President of the San Francisco Symphony in 2001. He was formerly the Chairman of Willis Bay Area, Inc., and the Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Insurance Services. He is the son of the late Richard N. Goldman and the late Rhoda Haas Goldman, influential leaders in the community and international affairs. Active in the community and philanthropic activities, Goldman was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2010.

Prior to joining Goldman Insurance in 1986, he served in the Office of the Legislative Analyst for the State of California from 1975 to 1978, and as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the State of California from 1978 to 1981. He served as President of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma Counties , and the Peninsula . Goldman also chaired the Stanford University Athletic Board and was a member of the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College. He currently serves on the board of I Have A Dream (IHAD) Foundation – East Palo Alto , is a board member of FACE AIDS, and is a trustee of several family foundations.

Sakurako Fisher has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony’s Board of Governors since 1992 and is currently the Vice President of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Development Steering Committee. Active in several arts-related and educational institutions, she serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution as its vice chair and chairs its development committee. She also sits on the U.S. advisory boards for the Union Centrale des Arts et Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou. She is a Stanford graduate in international relations and has worked for Cargill and Citibank. Sakurako Fisher is an advisory board member of the Department of Humanities and Sciences and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford and also serves as trustee and former vice chair of development of the Thacher School in Ojai , California . Twice chair of the board of ODC/Dance, Fisher has also served on the boards of Stern Grove and the Asian Art Museum Foundation and has recently completed a term as vice chair of the board of The Exploratorium. She has also served on the boards of the American Hospital of Paris, the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, and Alliance Française, and was awarded Le Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the government of France. Fisher Is a passionate music lover who studied koto and flute growing up and continues to immerse herself in music of all kinds, whether exploring the worlds of Beethoven and Mahler or discovering her family's favorite bands. She is married to William Fisher, with whom she has three children.

“It’s been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as President of the San Francisco Symphony,” said Goldman. “To lead this organization through a time of incredible growth and artistic success, working alongside the always-inspiring Michael Tilson Thomas and our exceptional Executive Director, Brent Assink, as well as the many committed donors, board and staff members who contribute their heart, vision, and soul to this organization. I am confident that Sako Fisher is clearly ready, willing, and able to lead the San Francisco Symphony into its next century, and I welcome the opportunity to work with her through this transition year and into the future.”

“John Goldman has been a superb leader of the San Francisco Symphony for the past decade,” said SFS Executive Director Brent Assink. His energy, wisdom, dedication, and good humor have inspired us all. He has encouraged us to take risks, to grow in our service to the community, and to find new ways to connect with diverse audiences. His generosity of spirit is boundless; his impact on the Symphony has been equally broad. On a personal note, I will miss our constant interaction but know that he will remain an active participant in the life of the Symphony for years to come.”

“John has been a close creative partner and friend for more than a decade and his love of music and passion for the orchestra is inspiring,” said SFS Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “His vision and commitment for this Orchestra and for sustaining its future, both on stage and far beyond the walls of Davies Symphony Hall, has guided all of us. While he may be resigning as President, I’m sure his presence and his contributions will be felt and appreciated by all of us for a long time.”

“I’m deeply honored by the support of the San Francisco Symphony and my colleagues on the board, and am excited to serve as the next President of this incredible, vibrant, and forward-thinking institution,” said Sakurako Fisher. “I’ve long admired John’s leadership and vision for not just championing the musicians’ incredible level of artistry but continuing to grow and broaden the reach and impact of their music. I am excited to work with everyone at the Symphony to reach even greater heights.”

The newly-elected members of the Symphony’s Board of Governors are: Derek L. Dean, a partner at Exetor Group and board member, San Francisco Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Robert G. O’Donnell, former senior vice president at Capital Research & Management Company and Director, Sequoia Hospital Foundation and Summit Public Schools; Trine Sorensen, formerly of Accenture Northern California and a board member at Music at Menlo; David R. Strand, chief executive officer of LifeNexus and board member of American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio, and Southern California Public Radio; Ge Wang, assistant professor, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University and co-founder, chief technology officer, and chief creative officer at Smule; and Sanford I. Weill, chairman of Carnegie Hall and chairman emeritus and chief executive officer of Citigroup.

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The breathtaking "Messiah by Candlelight" returns to the intimate setting of
Montview BoulevardPresbyterian Church

Messiah by Candlelight – the Colorado Symphony's breathtaking production of Handel's Messiah – will return to the intimate setting of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church this holiday season for three inspirational performances on Tuesday, December 13, Wednesday, December 14 and a sold out performance on Sunday, December 18. Presented for the first time in 2010, the Colorado Symphony's Messiah by Candlelight is one of the most memorable and poignant performances of the holiday season. For 2011, the Colorado Symphony, led by resident conductor Scott O’Neil, is joined by the Colorado Symphony Chorus and celebrated guest soloists including soprano Suzanne Ramo, mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, tenor Steven Sanders and baritone Robert Gardner. Concertgoers will cherish the opportunity to experience this inspirational choral favorite in a traditional setting that highlights its brilliantly moving lyrical work and rich vocal arrangements. Messiah by Candlelight will undoubtedly bring audiences to their feet once again in 2011! Tickets are on sale now and start at $25.

Please note: The December 18 performance is sold out.

A traditional December event around the world, Handel’s Messiah is synonymous with Christmas music. The most famous oratorio ever written, Messiah was composed in 1741 in less than three weeks. It became Handel’s most beloved masterwork. Written as a meditation on the idea of a Messiah, rather than a narrative drama about the life of Christ, Handel's Messiah represents, for many, a deeply loved annual tradition to share with friends and family. From the thrills of the "Hallelujah Chorus" to the dazzling "But who may abide the day of His coming" and the exquisiteness of the soprano aria "I know that my Redeemer liveth," Messiah is replete with joyful sincerity.

Tickets: General Admission tickets are $25, $51 and $87, and are on sale now at, the Colorado Symphony Box Office: (303) 623-7876 or (877) 292-7979 or in-person in the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Chorus Rehearsing at Lambert Monday, November 20 to help ease holiday travel stress

Thanksgiving is the busiest, and perhaps most trying travel time of the year. The St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® Chorus hopes to alleviate some of that transportation stress through the power of music.

On Monday, November 21, conductor Kevin McBeth and the entire IN UNISON Chorus will take their rehearsal on the road, performing for airline passengers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The group, comprised of 125 singers from churches across the St. Louis region, will rehearse its upcoming A Gospel Christmas concert at the airport’s new Meet and Greet area, located by the baggage claim carousels.

It’s hoped the rehearsal will help get Lambert travelers in the holiday spirit as they head out for Thanksgiving. The group will begin its rehearsal at 7pm; it’s expected to last about an hour.

Special programs are planned at Powell Hall throughout the month of December and include:

· Thursday, December 8: A Gospel Christmas featuring vocalist Larnelle Harris and the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, conducted by Kevin McBeth.

· December 9-10: Michael W. Smith’s Christmas pairs the contemporary Christian singer with the St. Louis Symphony for two amazing evenings of holiday music.

· December 16-18: The St. Louis Symphony Holiday Celebration is a favorite annual tradition. Come and enjoy fantastic music from the St. Louis Symphony, your favorite carols and even a special surprise or two from Santa. The fun is presented by Macy’s.

· December 29-30: The Movie Music of John Williams will delight movie fans of all ages. Enjoy iconic movie scores performed live by the St. Louis Symphony from favorites such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars

· December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration: Join Music Director David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony for a magical evening designed to ring in 2012 in style! The concert is presented by M&I Wealth Management.

Tickets for all of the St. Louis Symphony’s holiday concerts may be purchased on-line at or by phone at 314-534-1700.

In addition, the St. Louis Symphony is offering “gift packages” for Mom, Dad and families. These special ticket deals offer some of the season’s most popular concerts at great prices and are perfect for holiday gift-giving. For more information on the ticket gift packages, visit

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On November 22, Trinity Wall Street presents “Odes”, a concert celebrating St. Cecilia’s Day to be given by Tenet, one of New York’s preeminent vocal ensembles (Trinity Church: Broadway at Wall Street). Led by artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, Tenet welcomes violinist and conductor Scott Metcalfe as guest music director for the program. Metcalfe will conduct a stellar ensemble that includes sopranos Jolle Greenleaf and Molly Quinn, countertenors Geoffrey Williams and Ryland Angel, tenors Sumner Thompson and Scott Mello, and basses Jesse Blumberg and Mischa Bouvier. Their program features music by celebrated English composer Henry Purcell, alongside music for Baroque trumpet performed by Kris Kwapis. A preview performance of “Odes” will be given the preceding day, on Monday, November 21, in Trinity Wall Street’s St. Paul’s Chapel (Broadway at Fulton Street).

The program, an invigorating mix of odes, arias, and trumpet-based instrumental works, showcases the range of Henry Purcell’s work, produced in a brilliant career cut short at the age of 36. The earliest recorded musical celebrations of St. Cecilia’s Day took place in London on November 22, 1683, but the tradition may be older still. The English celebrations were established by a band of musicians called the Musical Society, whose revels included a specially commissioned “Ode to St. Cecilia” by Purcell that was performed by the combined choirs of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the Chapel Royal. That ode, “Hail! Bright Cecilia,” will be performed on November 22, as will other of the composer’s Cecilian odes: “Raise, raise the voice” and “Welcome to all the pleasures.”

A prolific composer of odes and welcome songs, Purcell also wrote a variety of music for the London stage, including interludes, incidental pieces, and operas, masques, and semi-operas: works with lavish staging, spoken dialogue, and elaborate musical set-pieces. The “Odes” program at Trinity Wall Street offers selected examples of these, among them the Sonata for trumpet and strings, music from The Fairy-Queen, and the overture from the masque in Timon of Athens. It is songs, however, that form the evening’s centerpiece, sung one voice to a part by Tenet’s distinguished soloists and supported by its seven instrumentalists. Purcell’s first welcome song for King James II, celebrating his return from summer vacation and titled “Why are all the muses mute?”, is notable for its unconventional opening, fine arias, and moving closing chorus.

Trinity Wall Street presents Tenet
Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm
Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)

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All Nine Symphonies and Eight Overtures, Recorded in the Gewandhaus, Available November 21, 2011

In 1825 the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig performed the first complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies in the history of music under the direction of Johann Philipp Christian Schulz. This momentous occasion began a tradition in Leipzig, one that has been embraced by all succeeding music directors including Riccardo Chailly, the present principal conductor. For the maestro’s first recording of Beethoven’s symphonies Decca will release a comprehensive cycle of all nine symphonies paired with eight overtures – all recorded at the Gewandhaus in stunningly realized performances. The full set will be available November 21, 2011.

Over the last three years Chailly and the orchestra have presented the symphonies and overtures in concert and then set about recording each. To celebrate this monumental occasion, Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra have just completed four critically acclaimed Beethoven cycles in Leipzig, Vienna, Paris and London. Before the performances were even completed in London the critics were already raving: “Rush to get any remaining seats” (The Times, London). And with the cycle complete the praise continues: “Riccardo Chailly's Barbican Beethoven cycle with his storied Leipzig orchestra has been one of the musical pinnacles of the year” (The Guardian).

The partnership between Chailly and the Gewandhaus has revitalized the German orchestra, the oldest in the world, with results that are vividly apparent on the new recordings. Of special note in these recordings is Chailly’s observation of Beethoven’s demanding metronome markings, which dramatically destroys many existing tempo preconceptions. This will certainly be the cycle on modern instruments that gets closest to achieving what Beethoven himself revealed were his desired tempos (fully documented in the hard-back book).

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WQXR, New York’s sole dedicated classical music station, offers an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experience with a twelve-hour marathon of all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas on Sunday, November 20 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s downtown venue. Hosted by WQXR’s Midge Woolsey and Terrance McKnight, this unique event highlights the station’s Beethoven Awareness Month, and will be streamed live at

Performing the 32 piano sonatas – including such masterpieces as the “Moonlight,” “Appassionata,” and “Hammerklavier” – are some of today’s most promising young Beethoven interpreters, including Inon Barnatan, Alessio Bax, Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Benjamin Hochman, Valentina Lisitsa, Natasha Paremski, and Joyce Yang, as well as rising stars from the Juilliard School. The milestone marathon will be presented in six two-hour parts. All-day passes are available at, and links for tickets to individual segments are provided below.

No composer has impacted the course of Western music quite like Ludwig van Beethoven. According to eminent musicologist Charles Rosen, the 32 piano sonatas, which Beethoven composed between 1795 and 1822, “form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music.”

Graham Parker, Vice President of WQXR, comments: “The opportunity to hear this collection complete in live performance by the most exciting group of young professionals and dazzling students is rare indeed. WQXR is incredibly fortunate to have gathered the newest voices of Beethoven interpretation to contribute to what promises to be an extraordinary marathon.”

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JS 30: Three Decades of John Schaefer

Angelique Kidjo to Emcee Celebration of WNYC’s Pioneering Music Host, with guests including
Steve Reich, Laurie Anderson, We Are Augustines, and Simone Dinnerstein

In 1981, a young radio host from Brooklyn came to WNYC. JOHN SCHAEFER was hired to read newscasts and introduce classical music, but soon found himself hosting a new music show that quickly became the on-air hub of the fertile downtown music scene.

Thirty years later, Schaefer is a singular force at WNYC – a host who retains his street cred, but can often be found emceeing broadcasts from the New York Phil or Carnegie Hall. NEW SOUNDS continues to champion new music, international voices, and obscure artists; the highly-regarded NEW SOUNDS LIVE concert series presents commissioned works and unexpected pairings of artists; and SOUNDCHECK is the city’s only multi-genre, multiplatform source for smart conversation and live music. The only thing that hasn’t changed? Schaefer’s penchant for T-shirts and jeans… and his boundless curiosity about music.

Thoughout December, WNYC will celebrate Schaefer’s inimitable contributions to the musical life of New York City . The festivities kick off on Friday, December 2 at 8pm, when WNYC presents “JS 30: THREE DECADES OF JOHN SCHAEFER,” an evening of live music and heartfelt memories in its downtown, street-level studio, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. The event will be followed by an after-party with Schaefer and invited musical guests.

The celebration will also include a dedicated webstream of Schaefer programming, a photo timeline, and an opportunity for listeners to share their favorite “Schaefer moments,” to launch shortly.

“John Schaefer has done more to promote and draw attention to new and interesting music in NYC than anyone else I can think of,” said MOBY, multiplatinum-selling artist and DJ. “I think of him as the John Peel of New York radio.”

Friday, December 2 at 8pm – Tickets for Event with After-Party on Sale Now
Live Video Webcast available at

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New offerings include Valentine Romance, Gershwin
and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

The Colorado Symphony announces several new additions to the 2011/12 concert season, as well as the addition of extra performances and new dates for several of its most popular concerts. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to fill open dates in the Spring with new concerts and added performances,” states Interim CEO Jim Copenhaver. “These concerts create revenue-generating opportunities for us.”

Leading the series of concert announcements is Valentine Classics, an evening of the romantic era's most passionate and dreamy works on Saturday, February 11 – just in time for Valentine's Day.

Music and dance lovers will also be thrilled to learn new concert dates for "Cleo Parker Robinson Dances Romeo and Juliet:” Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. “We are very pleased to be able to continue this long-time partnership with one of Denver’s finest arts entities,” states Copenhaver.

An extra concert date has also been added to the performance of Beethoven's "Eroica." In addition to the scheduled Sunday matinee performance on March 25, concertgoers can also attend this magnificent concert on Saturday, March 24.

The music of George and Ira Gershwin will take center stage in a new, one-night-only special titled "Here to Stay: The Gershwin Concert Experience" on Friday, May 4. Starring Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter, and Grammy® Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, this concert offers an unprecedented insider view of the music of the legendary duo, while sharing rare audio and video footage of the Gershwins.

The popular Inside the Score Series also returns “Shuffle” back to its schedule, a program engineered by resident conductor Scott O’Neil, which connects vast musical styles, from Bach to Bjork, from Seal to Stravinsky.

Ticket-holders for rescheduled concerts can contact our box office at (303) 623-7876 or Complete details are being mailed to subscribers and ticketholders affected by these changes.

Tickets for these newly-added events will go on sale to the general public December 2 at the Colorado Symphony Box Office. To learn more, visit

Colorado Symphony 2011/12 Season Additions and Updates:

NEW! Valentine Classics – Masterworks Series
Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Scott O’Neil, resident conductor
Just in time for the most passionate day of the year, the Colorado Symphony presents a Valentine's-inspired evening of romantic classics. Prepare to be swept away by the romance, power and ardor that only a symphony orchestra can deliver.

NEW DATE ADDED! Beethoven's Eroica – Masterworks Series
Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. (new) and Sunday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Scott O'Neil, resident conductor
HAYDN: Symphony No. 22 in E-flat major, “The Philosopher”
KODALY: Dances of Galánta
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major (Op. 55), "Eroica"

NEW DATES! Cleo Parker Robinson Dances Romeo and Juliet – Masterworks Series (event replaces originally scheduled Litton on Piano & Pulcinella concert on 3/31)
Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Litton, conductor
MOZART: Ballet Music from Idomeneo
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major
PROKOFIEV: Selections from Romeo and Juliet

NEW DATE! SHUFFLE – Inside the Score Series (event replaces originally scheduled Who Killed Tchaikovsky concert)
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Scott O'Neil, resident conductor

NEW! "Here to Stay: The Gershwin Concert Experience"
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

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Experience the one-and-only R&B, jazz, rock and gospel reworking of
Handel’s Messiah with the Colorado Symphony!

Colorado Symphony conductor laureate Marin Alsop returns to Colorado for a 14th straight year to conduct the one-and-only Too Hot to Handel – the incomparable reinterpretation of Handel’s Messiah – in two spectacular performances on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at Boettcher Concert Hall. Called “the jazziest, most soulful reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah you'll ever hear” by the New York Post, Too Hot to Handel features the Colorado Symphony and Chorus, joined by acclaimed soloists including soprano Cynthia Renée Saffron, mezzo-soprano Vaneese Thomas and tenor Lawrence Clayton. Heralded as "a crossover project that really works" by the St. Petersburg Times and "Handel with flair" by BBC Magazine, Too Hot to Handel takes the timeless brilliance of Handel’s classic oratorio and infuses it with a blend of jazz, gospel, rock and R&B.

For 13 consecutive seasons, Denver concertgoers have smiled, cheered, and danced in the aisles to this fabulous reworking of Handel’s Messiah – a rare musical sensation that crosses traditional boundaries while retaining its heartfelt sense of inspiration and hope. On Too Hot to Handel, the New York Times wrote, "Listeners hooted, whistled and shouted their approval after every number. The 'Hallelujah Chorus' was so ecstatically received, it was repeated as an encore." In its enthusiastic review, The Chicago Tribune wrote, "Ingeniously re-imagined to embrace black musical tradition, the aptly named Too Hot to Handel proved that even the most revered classical masterpieces can be taught to swing."

This year, come and experience what people are raving about: the exhilaration of Too Hot to Handel with the Colorado Symphony and Chorus! Tickets are on sale now and start at $25.00.

Marin Alsop, conductor laureate
Colorado Symphony Chorus with members of community choruses and Manual and Montbello High Schools
Mary Louise Burke, associate director
Cynthia Renée Saffron, soprano
Vaneese Thomas, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Clayton, tenor
Dana Landry, organ
Clifford Carter, piano
Clint de Ganon, drums

Friday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $25.00.

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