“Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise” Breathes New Life into the Perennially Popular 1742 Oratorio
Broadway Series South will present the 2010-11 National Tour of Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise, a groundbreaking musical event that blends classical music with classic rock and breathes new life into the perennially popular 1742 oratorio by celebrated German-British composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20th, in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.
According to Broadway Series South:
“Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise features stunning visual effects, thrilling songs, an orchestra, rock band, adult and children’s choirs, and soloists with some of the most powerful voices on stage. You’ll even hear some voices from the Triangle! The Raleigh presentation of [Handel's Messiah Rocks] will feature members from Raleigh’s Sanderson High School Choir.
“Performing on stage with the cast of [Handel's Messiah Rocks] will provide the Sanderson High School Choir with the opportunity to gain professional theater experience and discover what it’s like to be part of a nationally touring company. They will also have the opportunity to perform one of the newest interpretations of the most celebrated oratorio in the world, in front of their own family and friends.
“The New York Times describes [Handel's Messiah Rocks] and the reinterpretation of the most famous selection from the Oratorio ‘Hallelujah,’ by saying it, ‘… combines Handel and Sunset Strip-metal in one slick, efficient mash.’ …
“Having been performed annually for 240 years throughout the world the traditional composition has compelled its admirers to listen to and attend live performances many times throughout the year and now Handel’s Messiah Rocks can be enjoyed at home both on CD and DVD available on Sony Integrity Records. Some of the selections included are ‘Overture,’ ‘Comfort Ye,’ ‘He’ll Come in Glory,’ ‘He is Fire,’ Hallelujah,’ and more.
“Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise was adapted by Jason Howland, and [the] libretto adapted by Dani Davis is based on the original oratorio by George Frideric Handel with libretto by Charles Jennens [1700-73]. It is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC, and directed by Dani Davis.”
Broadway Series South presents HANDEL’S MESSIAH ROCKS: A JOYFUL NOISE at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.
BOX OFFICE: Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 (information only). Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/1473111.
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.handelsmessiahrocks.com/ (click Play Video).
NETworks Presentations, LLC: http://www.networksontour.com/ (official website).
Sanderson High School Choir: http://sanderson.ryark.com/enter.htm (official website).
Messiah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel) (Wikipedia).
George Frideric Handel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frideric_Handel (Wikipedia).
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