Handel's Messiah Rocks

Fact Sheet

  • 7 Chicago Emmy Nominations
  • One-hour HD special
  • Premiered on WTTW June 2009
  • Shot with 7 cameras, 2 jib arms and Steadicam

An update of the timeless classic, Handel's Messiah Rocks features conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops and LaChanze, J. Robert Spencer and MiG Ayesa. This live concert presentation is the brainchild of Dani Davis and Jason Howland, who, in the time-honored tradition of composers like Mozart, have taken the text and music for the Messiah and contemporized it for modern audiences. The power and majesty of the score are still there, enhanced by a powerful rock band.

Related Information

  • This striking new HD special will also be available as a Sony home video DVD release, containing over 40 minutes of special features.
  • Keith Lockhart led the Utah Symphony as part of the Opening Ceremony for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.