FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2024, 8:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2024, 2:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2024, 8:00 P.M.

Darko Butorac, conductor

Jessica Beebe, soprano
Timothy Parsons, alto
Brian Giebler, tenor
Jonathan Woody, bass
Asheville Symphony Chorus 

When asked to name the greatest composer of all time, Beethoven exclaimed without hesitation, “Handel — to him I bow the knee.” Mozart too held the English master in high regard: “Handel understands effect better than any of us… When he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.” Experience the full might and awe-inspiring emotional weight of Handel’s legendary Messiah and kick off your holiday festivities with this powerful performance featuring four outstanding soloists and the Asheville Symphony Chorus

Handel: Messiah

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Jessica Beebe, Soprano
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Jessica Beebe, Soprano
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Lauded by Opera News as “evocative and ethereal”, “a honey-colored tone”, and “the most radiant solo singing,” – soprano Jessica Beebe is steadily gaining international attention as an affecting interpreter of repertoire spanning over four centuries, ranging from Renaissance music to contemporary American opera.

Ms. Beebe is a member of GRAMMY winning ensemble The Crossing, GRAMMY nominated Clarion Society, GRAMMY nominated Seraphic Fire, founding member of Variant 6, Lorelei Ensemble, Trio Eos and Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Jessica Beebe earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Delaware, her Master of Music in Early Music from Indiana University, and a Performance Certificate from London’s Royal College of Music. Ms. Beebe is on faculty at both Franklin and Marshall and Muhlenberg Colleges.


Timothy Parsons, Alto
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Timothy Parsons, Alto
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Timothy Parsons is an acclaimed and GRAMMY®-nominated countertenor & choral conductor. He has travelled and performed extensively – as an ensemble & consort singer, and as soloist – in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Alice Tully Hall, London’s St John’s Smith Square, Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, and Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg. Timothy has performed with many of North America’s top early music ensembles, including TENET Vocal Artists (for whom he has also served as programming consultant) and Apollo’s Fire, and has twice toured with the English Concert performing Handel oratorios. He has had the great privilege of premiering two Pulitzer-prize winning operas, Ellen Reid’s p r i s m, for LA Opera and the Prototype Festival, and Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone, for the Prototype Festival. He is a former Lay Clerk of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and a longtime member of two GRAMMY®-nominated New York ensembles, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and the Clarion Choir. Timothy can be heard on numerous recordings, including the GRAMMY®-nominated Liturgy of St John Chrysostom and Vespers by Benedict Sheehan, recordings of p r i s m and Angel’s Bone, and numerous recordings with the Clarion Choir and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Highlights of the ’23/’24 season include a marathon concert of Ockeghem at the Metropolitan Museum’s Cloisters, festival appearances in Norway, Germany, and Estonia with Ekmeles, and debut appearances with Blue Heron and Variant Six. He is an avid hiker, meditator, and vegan. He is the co-artistic director of Ampersand, a vocal chamber music ensemble and resides in Vermont.

Brian Giebler, Tenor
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Brian Giebler, Tenor
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Praised for his “lovely tone and deep expressivity” by The New York Times, GRAMMY® nominated tenor Brian Giebler radiates “shine and clarity” (Opera News) in every phrase using “his high-placed tenor with great skill” (Opera Magazine). His debut solo album a lad’s love garnered high praise from Gramophone, Opera Newsand San Francisco Classical Voiceand earned him his first GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. “The sweetness of Giebler’s impressive high tenor” and his “expressive and elegant phrasing” (Cleveland Classical) have been heard as Apollo in Handel Semele with The English Concert under Harry Bicket; Stravinsky with The Cleveland Orchestra; Adam in REV 23 at the Prototype Festival; Arnalta in Monteverdi Poppea with Boston Baroque; Evangelist in Bach St. Matthew Passion with Trinity Wall Street; Bach Cantatas with the Grand Rapids Symphony and Handel & Haydn Society; Handel Messiah with Music of the Baroque (available on recording), Seoul Metropolitan Chorus, and the Charlotte, Rhode Island, Memphis, and Virginia Symphonies; Aeneas in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra; Haydn Creation with Santa Fe Pro Musica; Orff Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; and on stage with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Boston Early Music Festival. Other highlights included a tour of the Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals with Apollo’s Fire, and Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso with Mark Morris Dance Group (BAM).

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Jonathan Woody, Bass
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Jonathan Woody, Bass
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Jonathan Woody is a versatile and dynamic musician who maintains an active schedule as a performer and composer in New York and across North America. Cited by the Washington Post for singing “with resonance and clarity,” Woody is in demand as a bass- baritone soloist, appearing regularly with historically informed orchestras including Boston Early Music
Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Pacific MusicWorks, Bach Collegium San Diego, Trinity Baroque Orchestra and New York Baroque Incorporated. In the 2021-2022 season, he served as Artistic Advisor for the Portland Baroque Orchestra, curating a program of 17th- century German music for voices and orchestra.

An accomplished chamber musician, Woody often performs as a member of the GRAMMY®-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street, where he has earned praise from the New York Times for his “charismatic” and “riveting” solos. He has also recently performed in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Ensemble, Les Délices, Seraphic Fire, Byron Schenkman and Friends, and TENET Vocal Artists.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2024 / June 2024
ASYO European Tour - Summer 2024
Saturday, Sep. 7, 2024 / 7:00 p.m.
Symphony in the Park
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2024 / 7:00 P.M.
Violin Recital With Alexi Kenney
Saturday, Sep. 21, 2024 / 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Masterworks 1: Echoes
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2024 / 7:00 p.m.
ALT ASO: Broadway @ Highland Brewing
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2024 / 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Masterworks 2: Legacy
Friday, Nov. 22, 2024 / Multiple Dates & Times
Masterworks 3: Messiah
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2024 / 8:00 p.m.
Cirque De La Symphonie
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2024 / 8:00 p.m.
New Year's Eve: Music of ABBA
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2025 / 7:00 p.m.
ALT ASO: Classic Rock @ The Orange Peel
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2025 / 7:00 P.M.
Piano Recital With Martina Filjak
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2025 / 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
Masterworks 4: Ciao Italia
Saturday, Mar. 15, 2025 / 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
Masterworks 5: Carmen
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2025 / 7:00 p.m.
ALT ASO: R&B @ White Horse Black Mountain
Saturday, Apr. 12, 2025 / 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
Masterworks 6: Fate
Thursday, May. 1, 2025 / 7:00 P.M.
TF3's Jukebox with Time for Three
Saturday, May. 3, 2025 / 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
Masterworks 7: Tall Tales
Thursday, May. 8, 2025 / 7:00 p.m.
ALT ASO: Cabaret @ The Orange Peel
Saturday, May. 10, 2025 / 7:00 p.m.
An Evening With Chris Thile