Philharmonic Orchestra


Members of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah at the Rapp-Owen Granary in honor of the late Jane Blaffer Owen.  More that 140 people from throughout the region braved a snowy afternoon to attend the concert.

Under the direction of Philharmonic Music Director Alfred Savia, the baroque-size orchestra joined forces with voices from the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus to present the 18th century masterpiece under the beams of the majestic setting of the Granary’s second floor.  The performance featured four highly acclaimed soloists:  Linda Lister, soprano and assistant professor of Voice at the University of Evansville; Jennifer Lane, mezzo-soprano and associate professor of Voice at the University of North Texas; Steven Stolen, tenor and managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre; and Dr. Jon Truitt, baritone and associate professor of Music, head of the Vocal Department and director of the Opera Program at the University of Evansville.

The sanctuary-like setting of the Granary was bathed in afternoon light with snow falling outside while concertgoers experienced the warmth and power of the “Messiah” inside in a space that shares the majesty of the oratorio itself. Highlights included “For Unto Us a Child is Born,” “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted,” and the famous “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Those attending remarked on the perfection of the afternoon concert and the beautiful setting in which it was performed.  Two favorite refrains rose through the rafters . . . “Hallelujah and Encore!”