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November 27, 2009

Enjoy a performance of Handel's "Messiah"

Enjoy a performance of composer George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” at 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 12 at the Bruton Parish Church Sanctuary.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed “Messiah,” which is based on a libretto by Charles Jensens. The oratorio premiered in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The upcoming performance will feature the first part of the work dealing with the prophecy and nativity of Jesus and includes many of the most beloved moments of the masterpiece.

The performers include: Rodney Eichenberger, Conductor; Rebecca Davy or JanEl Will, Harpischordist; Amy Williamson, Soprano; Scott Williamson, Tenor; Lynn Kotrady, Contralto; Barrett Armbruster, Baritone; Bruton Parish Choirs and orchestra.

The “Messiah” performance is part of the Colonial Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary and Bruton Parish Church collaboration on the Music in the World of George Frideric Handel festival, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of the George Frideric Handel’s death.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased at any Colonial Williamsburg’s ticket outlet.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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