One Holiday Classic, Two Special Formats
Music Director Matthew Kraemer conducts Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and four acclaimed soloists for two concert experiences of Handel’s Messiah. Presenting the full oratorio on Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 pm at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Handel’s beloved masterwork comes to life, true to the composer’s intentions with an intimate orchestra displaying intricate musical lines to their full majesty.
The Messiah soloists are distinguished artists of the stage and concert hall. Returning artists include, Soprano Sari Gruber, hailed as “nothing short of sensational” by Opera magazine, the “unbelievably touching” voice of Mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra, and Baritone Timothy LeFebvre, described by Post-Standard as a “vocal marvel… [with] striking and musical baritone sounds.” New this year is Tenor David Walton, praised for his “clean, clear voice.”
New this year – The Beecher Singers, a professional 16-member choral ensemble from Second Presbyterian Church anchors the chorus, supplemented by members from Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir for the Sunday concert. Under the direction of Dr. Michelle L. Louer, The Beecher Singers, named for Second’s first choir director and organist Charles Beecher, have become an in-demand collaborator, recently performing with Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra last September. Tabernacle Presbyterian, under the direction of Matt Kauffman, has been an ICO/ Messiah collaborator since 2010.
On Monday, December 11, 7:30 pm, grab your score for the only Messiah Sing-Along in Indianapolis and experience the interactive holiday tradition in Indianapolis. Taking place at Indiana Landmarks Center, the Sing-Along concert consists of selected movements, airs, and choruses from the first section concluding with the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus, and concluding with the Amen. The Sing-Along gives local singers the opportunity to participate in a performance with professional soloists and a professional orchestra. Audience members can bring their own music, download a score from icomusic.org, or rent a score on site.
Indianapolis Arts Chorale, formerly Encore Vocal Arts, now under the direction of Dr. Casey J. Hayes, will provide the choir to lead the Monday, December 11 Messiah Sing-Along.
“What fascinates me most about such an expertly crafted and familiar work as Messiah is that, although it has remained relatively unchanged for over 250 years, it is the listener who evolves from year to year.” Maestro Matthew Kraemer continues, “As I have grown and my life has changed over the years, I seem come back to Messiah with “new ears” and a deeper appreciation for its message, craftsmanship, and the beautiful tradition which it has created around the world.”
At both performances, there will be a collection of non-perishable food items to benefit the Mid-North Food Pantry. The Mid-North Food Pantry provides supplemental food and basic necessities for our neighbors in need. Messiah audiences may bring bringing canned and boxed goods to either performance – December 10 at Tabernacle Presbyterian or December 11 at Indiana Landmarks Center. The items of greatest need are peanut butter, tuna or other canned meats, canned fruit or applesauce, and pasta.
Here is a LINK to upcoming Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performances.
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Maestro Matthew Kraemer, music director and conductor
Sari Gruber, soprano
Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano
David Walton, tenor
Timothy LeFebvre, baritone
- The Beecher Singers of Second Presbyterian Church – Sunday afternoon only
- Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir – Sunday afternoon only
- Indianapolis Arts Chorale (formerly Encore Vocal Arts) – Monday evening only
Sunday, December 10, 3:00 PM
Handel’s Messiah (full oratorio)
Tabernacle Presbyterian Church
418 E 34th St
Indianapolis, IN 46205
TICKETS: $35 adults; $10 students
Monday, December 11, 7:30 PM
Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202
TICKETS: $25 adults; $10 students
Group Discounts Available
TO ORDER TICKETS: Visit www.icomusic.org or call 317-940-9607