Voices are raised as ProMusica celebrates the season with a full weekend of holiday favorites

Begins Friday evening with the traditional Messiah Side-by-side Sing-Along concert

(Columbus, OH) – ProMusica Chamber Orchestra fills the December concert weekend with two different programs that embody the spirit of the holiday season. The most interesting and complex instrument of all – the voice – is highlighted as soprano, Kathrin Danzmayr takes the stage with her husband, Music Director David Danzmayr, in the program, Christmas Oratorio. Joining them will be four other soloists, including Peggy Kriha Dye, the Artistic Director of Opera Columbus, as well as LancasterChorale.

“Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like a Messiah Sing-Along with its rousing ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. Each year central Ohioans look forward to this special community-focused concert,” said ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Janet Chen. “We are particularly excited to add to the excitement of the weekend by welcoming David’s wife Kathrin to our stage for our Christmas Oratorio concerts that will also include some selections from “The Messiah.”

The holiday-inspired weekend begins when the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents its annual, interactive community event, the Messiah Side-by-side Sing-Along. Conducted and hosted by David Danzmayr, this beloved annual concert encourages audience members to raise their voices in song. Local high school orchestra students, along with area music directors and others will share the stage as Danzmayr and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will once again feature choral excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah.” The Messiah Sing-Along will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Theatre. Audience participation makes this event a holiday experience for all ages. Tickets for the Messiah Sing-Along are $23 each.

Christmas Oratorio will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Worthington United Methodist Church (600 High St, Worthington), and on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Theatre. The evening will commence with Ralph Vaughan Williams lush, romantic “Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus.’” Guest Vocalists and the LancasterChorale will take the stage with ProMusica for Camille Saint-Saëns’ glorious “Oratorio de Noël, Op.12 (The Christmas Oratio),” a work that is not frequently performed, yet was composed when he was at the height of his artistic powers. “I have waited 10 years to conduct this work again, and Kathrin has also waited as long for another opportunity to sing this very special piece,” said Music Director David Danzmayr of the work that is dear to him. The concerts will also included selected highlights from Handel’s powerful “Messiah.” This time, ProMusica will also feature soloists (in addition to Kathrin Danzmayr and Peggy Kriha Dye) alto, Laurel Semerdjian; tenor, Benjamin Bunsold; and baritone, Aaron Wardell along with the beloved LancasterChorale.


Single tickets are available now for $12 to $50. Subscriptions packages, ranging from $62 to $270, are available for the 2016-17 concert season, including a Flex Series option and the Worthington Series. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale through the ProMusica office (614-464-0066; www.promusicacolumbus.org) or Ticketmaster.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience—through innovative chamber orchestra programming, education outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence. Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 64 new works and has presented more than 110 premieres.

Bringing worldwide talent to Columbus since 1978, ProMusica offers an adventurous musical experience through intimate performances on the stages of the Southern Theatre and the Worthington United Methodist Church. The orchestra, comprised of 37 musicians, showcases homegrown talents, rising stars, and guest artists of international acclaim. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 38th season.
ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.