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November 11, 2014 12:00 ET

Do-It-Yourself Messiah Tickets for 2014 Concert On Sale November 18

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - November 11, 2014) - The International Music Foundation proudly presents the 2014 Do-It-Yourself Messiah, which takes place at the Harris Theater on Sunday, December 21 and Monday, December 22. This beloved holiday tradition offers attendees a unique opportunity to participate in the performance by becoming the choir in George Frederic Handel's masterpiece, Messiah. Accompanied by a volunteer orchestra and a world-renowned conductor and soloists, audience members will welcome the holiday season, raising their voices joyfully together, at this cherished performance of the Messiah.

The performances have been made possible through generous lead sponsorship from Wintrust Financial Corporation with additional sponsorships from Performance Trust Companies and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust. Beginning at noon on Tuesday, November 18, $15 tickets may be purchased at the Harris Theater Box Office located at 205 E. Randolph, by phone at 312-334-7777, or on-line at www.harristheaterchicago.org.

The audience, seated according to voice range (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), will sing the choral part of Messiah and will be accompanied by a full orchestra of volunteer musicians, four professional soloists -- Soprano Michelle Areyzaga, Alto Ryan Belongie, Tenor Thomas Glenn, and Bass-baritone Mark Steven Doss -- and acclaimed Maestro Stanley Sperber.

Performances of the Do-It-Yourself Messiah will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21 and 7 p.m. on Monday, December 22. Patrons may take their seats in the theater, located at 205 E. Randolph, beginning at 6:15 p.m. The Messiah performance lasts approximately two and a half hours. For more information, visit the International Music Foundation website at www.imfchicago.org.

About the Messiah: Composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, Messiah is a large-scale piece for orchestra, chorus and soloists. Originally intended as an Easter oratorio, it has become more popularly associated with the Christmas holiday season.

A small church in rural England began the "do-it-yourself" part more than 40 years ago. Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, was an early participant and brought the idea home to Chicago where he and Margaret Hillis, then director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, staged the first event in 1976.

About the International Music Foundation: The International Music Foundation (IMF) was founded in 1979 by Chicagoan Al Booth as the umbrella organization for two of his music projects: the Do-It-Yourself Messiah and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, both now cornerstones of the Chicago musical scene. In 1981, with the help of Yehudi Menuhin, the IMF added Live Music Now!, a free concert series for children in the Chicago Public Schools. For more information please visit, www.imfchicago.org

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