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South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah at The Parker
Wednesday, December 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$15
Hallelujah! Sebrina Maria Alfonso will conduct the South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s (SFSO) premiere performance of Handel’s glorious holiday tradition, Messiah! This beloved seasonal masterpiece featuring vocalists Neil Nelson, bass baritone (previously featured as the lead in South Florida Symphony’s 2019 production of Porgy and Bess); Martin Nusspaumer, tenor; Brittany Graham, soprano; Rehanna Thelwell, mezzo-soprano and the 100-member South Florida Symphony Chorus will commence on December 1, at 7:30 p.m., at The Parker in Fort Lauderdale.
Smithsonian magazine writes, “A musical rite of the holiday season, the Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners 250 years after the composer’s death.” Handel’s popular work, which draws from the Christian Lent and Easter stories, encompasses a musical narrative brilliance that transcends belief systems.”
South Florida Symphony Orchestra will perform Part I of Handel’s Messiah. The concert will open with an extraordinary “Behind the Music” story incorporating a reenactment of the dramatic struggle faced by composer George Fredric Handel as he toiled to complete this holiday masterpiece. Audiences will be enchanted by regally costumed actors narrating meaningful work passages that truly elevate the concert-going experience. The performance culminates with the iconic “Hallelujah” chorus as sung by the South Florida Symphony Chorus, made-up of seasoned chorale singers and community talent. The Chorus is conducted by Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios, who will also lead the orchestra at the December 4 concert at Barry University. Rios and Maestra Alfonso collaborated to create the South Florida Symphony Chorus in 2019, which made its debut at the Beethoven 250th celebration in February of 2020.
Tickets for Handel’s Messiah start at $15 for the December 1 concert at The Parker (707 NE 8th St, Fort Lauderdale) and can be purchased online at https://southfloridasymphony.org/messiah or via the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (954) 462-0222. Five-concert subscription packages starting at $99 are also available for the 2021/22 Season at The Parker.