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Performance on Sunday, December 11 continues long-standing holiday season tradition


DAYTON, OH (December 1, 2011) – On Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4 p.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, a popular holiday tradition will continue as the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Handel’s renowned oratorio Messiah.

Soloists Megan Bell, soprano, Julia Bentley, alto, Matt Morgan, tenor, and Curtis Streetman, bass, along with the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the direction of Hank Dahlman, will join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for a presentation of Handel’s immortal classic. Neal Gittleman, music director of the Dayton Philharmonic, will conduct.

Composed in just three short weeks in 1741, Georg Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah is one of the most-popular and best known works of classical music ever written.   It tells the story of Jesus Christ from Isaiah’s prophecy through the Nativity, Crucifixion, Resurrection and the promise of eternal life.  This performance, in the beautiful setting of Westminster Presbyterian Church, is a Dayton holiday time tradition.

The Messiah performance is sponsored by the Harlamert Charitable Foundation.

Tickets for the December 11 performance are priced at $28 for Adults, $26 for Seniors, $14 for Students and are available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at  All seating is on a General Admission basis (no reserved seats). Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 126 N. Wilkinson Street in beautiful downtown Dayton.


About Megan Bell, soprano
Since completing apprenticeships with Central City Opera and Dayton Opera, soprano Megan Bell has performed with Chicago-area companies such as the Grant Park Chorus, Light Opera Works, Greater Chicago Opera Guild, Main Street Opera and Lakeside Singers. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University.

About Julia Bentley, alto
Since completing apprenticeships with the Santa Fe Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley has appeared in leading operatic roles (Carmen, Rosina, Dorbella, Despina, and both Rossini and Massenet Cinderellas) from Anchorage to New York, and has been featured as a soloist with orchestras led by George Manahan, Raymond Leppard, Oliver Knussen, Robert Shaw and Pierre Boulez. She currently teaches voice at the Music Institute of Chicago.

About Matt Morgan, tenor
Having the distinction of making debuts at three of the four theaters at New York's Lincoln Center, Matt Morgan is rapidly establishing himself as the tenor to watch. His New York debut came as Don Gomez in Weber's Die drei Pintos with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. The very same season, his New York City Opera debut occurred in the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Following these successes, Mr. Morgan debuted with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah.

About Curtis Streetman, bass
Curtis Streetman is part of a new generation of versatile artists that strives to perform a rich and excitingly varied repertoire. Streetman’s interpretive gifts have been presented in some of the world’s major concert halls and opera houses. Mr. Streetman performed the role of Christus in Sir Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed fully staged production of The Saint Matthew Passion, produced by The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and performed the title role of Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, with The American Symphony Orchestra.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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