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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Handel's Messiah, Gospel Style, A 10th Annual Community Celebration (SLC: Dec 9 - 12)

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November 29, 2011
Richard Scott
The Grand Theatre
Phone: 801-957-3263
Fax: 801-957-3300

Handel's Messiah, A 10th Annual Community Celebration

A Modern Twist on Handel's Classic Holiday Oratorio
Salt Lake City, UT - This modern twist on one of classical music's most cherished and well-known compositions is returning to Salt Lake City for only three days this holiday season, December 9, 10, and 12.  While other versions are typically done as a standard sing along, the production of Handel's Messiah at The Grand Theatre features a choir of over 80 voices, with special guest soloists and narrators.  Guest soloists include Ginger Bess, Kelly Griffiths, Bruce Williams, Dee-Dee Darby Duffin, Anise Drisdom, Carey Drisdom, and Detorea Oliver.

"We are excited to bring back this celebration and reinvention of Handel's beloved Messiah for the 10th year. Handel's baroque style has been completely reinterpreted and transformed into a lively R&B, gospel, and jazz infused concert experience that will delight and surprise all ages," says Richard Scott, Executive & Artistic Director of The Grand Theatre. "Audience members will be treated to familiar solos and chorus numbers with narration interspersed throughout the evening.  The original intent of this beautiful oratorio still stands while this new adaptation creates an invigorating variation on Handel's masterful themes."
B Murphy, Deron Hutchinson, and Detorea Oliver direct the choir along with a full jazz band.  Members from choirs across Utah and individual singers have come together to comprise the choir. Narrators include the Reverend Tom Goldsmith of the First Unitarian Church, Pastor France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church, and other distinguished members of the community.

The Grand Theatre is located at 1575 S. State Street on Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus. Tickets start at $10 and are available online at www.the-grand.org or by calling the box office at 801-957-3322.

Performances dates: December 9, 10 & 12, 2011
Times: Evening performances 7:30 pm
Location: The Grand Theatre, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Tickets: Prices range from $10.00 to $24.00 with discounts for groups, seniors, and students available.
Reservations: 801-957-3322 or online at http://www.the-grand.org/
Wheelchair accessible
Photo attached: Ginger Bess with Choir
Photo by: Steve Fidel

Kandace Steadman
Community Outreach Coordinator
The Grand Theatre
Salt Lake Community College

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