SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Rings in Holiday Season with Handel’s “Messiah”

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 10, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will ring in the holiday season with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W. General admission is $15; students and SCF employees $5. This will be the second performance of the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural season.

The SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robyn Bell will combine with the SCF Choirs and Alumni Choir under the direction of Melodie Dickerson, to present this masterwork.  Featured soloists will be Adam Bielamowicz, Tenor and SCF alumni Samone Hicks, Soprano; Danielle Hartmann, Alto; and John William Short, Bass-Baritone.

Although the oratorio is often referred to as Handel's “Messiah,”the text was compiled from the Old and New Testament and was composed in 24 days. George F. Handel’s glorious oratorio “Messiah,” was written as an Easter piece and debuted at a charity concert in Dublin, Ireland, in April of 1742. Despite its cool reception at its London premiere a year later, it has endured to become a staple of the Christmas season. The SCF concert will feature the familiar Christmas portion from part one of the oratorio and the "Hallelujah Chorus” from part two. 

For more information or to buy tickets, call SCF’s Neel box office at 941-752-5252 or email Tickets also can be purchased at

During the construction of SCF’s new Library and Learning Center, parking for SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center will be west of Building 11, in Parking Lot I. Entrance to the auditorium remains on the east side of the building, with a drop-off area directly to the south. Signs guide patrons to the drop-off area and parking.

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