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Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Presents ‘Messiah'


Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with the Greenville Chorale, will be presenting two performances of Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday, Dec. 13. They will be held in The Porter Center of Brevard College in Brevard at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

These two outstanding area ensembles are joining forces for the third year in a row to bring great seasonal music to the mountains.

Featured in these concerts will be guest soloists Karen Parks, soprano; Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano; Keith Jones, tenor; and Jacob Will, bass. Bingham Vick, Jr., artistic director and conductor of the Greenville Chorale, will conduct, and Thomas Joiner, conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra as concertmaster.

"Bingham and I are both excited about this collaboration," said Joiner. "We are able to bring the best of both worlds together in what will make for an outstanding presentation."

Handel's "Messiah" is a holiday tradition, remaining one of the most well-known and triumphant choral pieces ever written. The work is divided into three parts that address specific events in the life of Christ. The most well-known movement of "Messiah" is the "Halleluiah" chorus, which will be brought to life through the seamless collaboration of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and the Greenville Chorale.

"'Messiah' seems to have gained the reputation as a ‘Christmas work,'" said maestro Vick, "because it is most often heard in December, and the ‘Halleluiah chorus' fits so wonderfully with the Christmas celebration of the birth of Christ."


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