International Music Foundation
The International Music Foundation’s 44th annual presentation of Do-It-Yourself Messiah is based on Handel’s masterpiece and will take place December 16th and 17th at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
A Chicago holiday tradition since 1976, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah brings together a world-class
conductor and soloists, an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians
and actively encourages the thousands of audience members to step into the role of the chorus in a
thrilling performance of George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
This year’s Messiah will once again be led by world renowned Maestro Stanley Sperber, who is
returning for his 19th year, and feature several local Chicago-based musicians and soloists.
Among those scheduled to perform are soprano Michelle Areyzaga, countertenor Ryan Belongie,
tenor John Tessier, bass-baritone Mark S. Doss, organist Aaron Krister Johnson,
harpsichordist David Schrader, trumpeter Paul Semanic and concertmaster Richard Young.
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