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Minnesota Orchestra's Holiday Season Continues with Performances of Handel's Messiah, Plus a Messiah Sing-Along

Minnesota Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at Orchestra Hall on Dec. 11 and 12; James Feddeck conducts; four vocal soloists and Minnesota Chorale join the Orchestra

The Messiah Sing-Along concert returns to Orchestra Hall on December 13

The Minnesota Orchestra continues its Holiday season with a weekend of concerts featuring Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah. Continuing one of the Orchestra’s most treasured holiday traditions, performances of the oratorio occur on December 11 and 12 under conductor James Feddeck, along with the Minnesota Chorale and four accomplished vocal soloists. On December 13, Kathy Saltzman Romey will lead the Orchestra, Chorale and audience at a Messiah Sing-Along, an afternoon treat in which all audience members are invited to sing along from their seats.

The two traditional performances of Handel’s Messiah take place on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m., at Orchestra Hall. Tickets range in price from $25 to $70. The Messiah Sing-Along will take place on Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m., at Orchestra Hall. Ticket are priced at $25.

Subscription packages and individual tickets for all 2015-16 season concerts are available at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Handel’s Messiah
Handel wrote Messiah for a series of charity concerts in Dublin in April 1742. Although the work was originally composed for the Easter season, it has become a Christmas icon and one of the most popular choral and orchestral works of all time. Several passages have attained worldwide fame, including the “Hallelujah” chorus—which allegedly prompted King George II of England to rise to his feet during a 1743 performance—and “For unto us a child is born.”

The Minnesota Orchestra first performed Handel’s Messiah on Christmas Day in 1903, just seven weeks after its inaugural concert. It has presented the work in each full concert season since 1968.

James Feddeck and Messiah soloists
For the December 11 and 12 programs, conductor James Feddeck, renowned for his interpretations of Messiah, makes his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale. A recipient of the prestigious Solti Conducting Award and the Aspen Conducting Prize, he most recently debuted with the Chicago, San Francisco and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Scottish National and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras.

Esther Heideman, a frequent soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, has performed with major orchestras around the world and with the Metropolitan Opera. The other three soloists make their Minnesota Orchestra debuts in these concerts. Carolyn Sproule has earned acclaim for performances with the Houston, Vancouver and Metropolitan Operas as well as with the Houston Ballet. Matthew Plenk has appeared with Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston Lyric and Des Moines Metro Operas and this season performs roles in Don Giovanni with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Macbeth with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Canadian bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus was a prize winner in the New York Oratorio Society’s competition and has recently performed title roles in The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Messiah Sing-Along
Kathy Saltzman Romey, artistic director of the Minnesota Chorale and choral advisor to Minnesota Orchestra, leads the Orchestra, Chorale, and audience in a Messiah Sing-Along concert. Featured soloists from the Minnesota Chorale sing selected recitatives and arias, and audience members are encouraged to join in for the choruses. Audience participants may choose to sit in sections designated for each vocal part or in general admission seating with friends and family. Please note that audience members are encouraged to bring their own copies of the score; a very limited number of scores will be available for purchase in the Orchestra Hall lobby.

The Minnesota Chorale
The Minnesota Chorale, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus since 2004, is now in its 21st season under the leadership of Kathy Saltzman Romey. Founded in 1972, the Chorale is the state’s preeminent symphonic chorus, performing regularly with both this Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. During the 2015-16 season the Chorale will also join the Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Brahms’ German Requiem, among other concerts. More:


Friday, December 11, 2015, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
James Feddeck
, conductor
Esther Heideman, soprano
Carolyn Sproule, mezzo
Matthew Plenk, tenor
Stephen Hegedus, bass-baritone
Minnesota Chorale, chorus

HANDEL                     Messiah

Tickets: $25-$70


Sunday, December 13, 2015, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Kathy Saltzman Romey
, conductor
Members of the Minnesota Chorale

HANDEL                     Messiah

Tickets: $25


Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


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