Concerts

ABYSSINIAN: a gospel celebration featuring the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed

Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall, Calvin and Janet High Center


Tickets for all seats are $60 (limit 10 tickets per transaction); to purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit the Messiah College Ticket Office.

Two decades ago, Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded “In This House, On This Morning” and began a creative exploration of how to reflect the forms of the African American church service onto a theme of universal humanism while raising a joyful noise. Marsalis refined this integration of sacred and secular expression with his definitive 2008 extended work “Abyssinian 200: A Celebration,” commissioned by the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem to celebrate its 200th anniversary. After a triumphant performance in London’s Barbican Centre, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings fresh eyes and ears to this masterwork. The sensational conductor Damien Sneed leads Chorale Le Chateau, his 70-person gospel choir, through the demanding compendium of shouts, chants and joyous expressions required by this composition.

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Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College Cultural Series, the Office of Development and the Office of the President



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The Mendelssohn Piano Trio

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 - 7:30 p.m., High Foundation Recital Hall

Free tickets are required for this event; to reserve, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 after Aug. 12, 2013.

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio, Messiah College ensemble-in-residence, will perform trios by Ludwig van Beethoven, the first program in a cycle of the complete Beethoven Piano Trios.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College School of the Arts



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Messiah College Christmas Concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

Tickets: general admission, $10; senior, $5; and child/student, $3. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Oct. 1, 2013.


Various music department ensembles perform the College’s annual Christmas Concert.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College



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ELIJAH by Felix Mendelssohn

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Malina, with the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, and the Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Linda Tedford, artistic director

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

All tickets are $40. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Oct. 1, 2013.


Inspired by the Baroque-era choral masterpieces by Handel and Bach, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” is the greatest oratorio of the nineteenth century. Messiah College’s choral ensembles and ensemble-in-residence the Susquehanna Chorale join the Harrisburg Symphony for an evening of stirring choruses and vivid orchestral writing in this timeless musical setting of the life of the Old Testament prophet.


Mendelssohn_Piano_Trio.jpg : The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Malina, with the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, and the Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Linda Tedford, artistic director

Tim Warfield Sextet

Saturday March 8, 2014 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

General admission tickets $25; Messiah College students $5. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Oct 1, 2013.


Artist-in-residence and jazz saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr. will be joined by some of the finest musicians in jazz, including trumpeter Terrell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and bassist Rodney Whitaker. Warfield, a native of York, Pa., has recorded several critically acclaimed albums, earning the praise that he is “possibly the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation.” In March, 2013, he released his latest album, “Eye of the Beholder,” on the Criss Cross Jazz label.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College School of the Arts and the Messiah College Cultural Series



ConductingPresident’s Concert

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 3:00 p.m, Parmer Hall

General Admission $10; Seniors $5; Children and Messiah College Students $3. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Aug. 15, 2013.

Come hear this collage of instrumental ensembles in the College’s annual President’s Concert.


Mendelssohn_Piano_Trio.jpg : The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stuart Malina, with the Messiah College Concert Choir, the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, and the Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Linda Tedford, artistic director

Susquehanna Chorale Spring Concert

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

General admission tickets $20 in advance – $25 at the door; Messiah College students $5; Messiah College employees $15. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Aug. 15, 2013.


Céad Míle Fáilte! One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Join the Susquehanna Chorale in a celebration of all things Irish, featuring music from Ireland, Irish Step Dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance and Celtic musicians. Slainte!

The Susquehanna Chorale is an ensemble-in-residence at Messiah College.