A Great Chicago Tradition
Celebrating its 41st annual performance in 2016, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah will take place at Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millenium Park on Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
The music of Handel comes to life in Chicago every Christmas with his magnificent Messiah performed by an audience of thousands, featuring world-class soloists and a full orchestra of local amateur and professional musicians, all volunteering their time and talent.
Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, was living and working in England in 1973 when he and his wife attended a Christmas sing-along performance of Messiah at a parish church in Kent. “Walking out of that church I felt a kind of hopefulness and camaraderie I had seldom witnessed. And I vowed that when I returned to the States, I would try to bring the people of Chicago the same kind of experience.” Through the generosity of Talman Home Federal Savings and later LaSalle Bank and Bank of America, he realized that dream, and since 1976, we have all benefited from his vision. Though Al passed away in 2007, his dream lives on in these performances.