THE DOWNTOWN MESSIAH
At the Bottom Line, New York City, Dec 13 and 14
November 18, 2002
Handel's 260-year-old masterpiece, "The Messiah," gets a modern-day makeover downtown
style with rock, jazz, bluegrass, country folk, gospel, roots, blues, and lots of
Bohemian flair. Featured performers include soloists Richard Barone, Dar Williams, Jane Siberry,
David Johansen, Syd
Straw, Marshall Crenshaw, Randy Brecker, Martha Redbone, and others with choir and
Now in its fifth year at New York's legendary Bottom Line, "The Downtown Messiah" will
once again offer its innovative interpretation of Handel's great work.
Directed by Richard Barone, with choral direction by Margaret Dorn and musical arrangements by
Peter Kiesewalter, "The Downtown Messiah" reflects the spirit of the time while
holding true to the written score and its legacy.
The event features the voices of a 20-member choir, and guest soloists such as Richard Barone, Dar Williams,
Jane Siberry, David Johansen, Marshall Crenshaw, Syd Straw, Margaret Dorn, Martha Redbone,
Anne Marie Milazzo, Terre Roche, Mule Bone U.K. and Everett Bradley as well as instrumental
soloists Randy Brecker, Peter & Tobi Kiesewalter and Larry Salzman, and narrator Meg Griffin.
From the opening notes of the band's "Overture" to the Bluegrass-tinged solo of "Rejoice Greatly," and
the exuberant finale of the "Hallelujah!" chorus, this original presentation allows for individual expression
and joyfully integrates the musical heritage of downtown Greenwich Village. Handel himself would
This year, "The Downtown Messiah" has also been invited to perform a free concert at the Winter
Garden of the World Financial Center. The concert will be held on Tuesday, December 17 from
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.
In the few short years of this production, "The Downtown Messiah" has quickly gained national
recognition. This year, a live broadcast will be nationally syndicated via Public Radio International
There will also be an exclusive radio broadcast presentation hosted by Fordam University’s radio
station WFUV 90.7 FM on Friday, December 20th at 2:00 PM, with a repeat broadcast on Christmas
Eve, Tuesday, December 24 at 8:00 PM.
The Bottom Line is located at 15 W. 4th Street (corner of Mercer Street), New York, NY.
Shows are Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.
Doors open at 6 PM for 7:30 shows and 10 PM for 10:30 shows.
All seats are $25.00.
Cash only at the Bottom Line box office.
No phone reservations accepted. Email reservations accepted through the website at
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