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DBSS Opens 70th Symphony Season With Handel’s Messiah!

On December 17, the Daytona Beach Symphony Society celebrates the opening of its 70th Anniversary presenting the Jacksonville Symphony performing Handel’s Messiah. Conducted by Courtney Lewis, one of his generation’s most talented conductors, the concert features four world-class soloists and the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus.

Handel’s Messiah is an astonishing work of art. Written in only three weeks, Handel’s craft and musical mastery is obvious. Messiah tells the whole story of Christ—the prophecy of his coming, his birth, life, passion, resurrection, and ultimately his glorification in heaven.

Favorite arias to be performed include, Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion, The Trumpet Shall Sound, and many more. The evening’s performance concludes with the uplifting sounds of the Hallelujah chorus.
Known as “the greatest story ever told—the most majestic music ever conceived,” you won’t want to miss this exhilarating experience at Peabody Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The performance will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Please note, the Jacksonville Symphony requires patrons to wear a mask while in Peabody Auditorium for this concert unless you are actively eating or drinking.

The Daytona Beach Symphony Society is well-known for its presentations of excellent classical music, opera, and ballet to residents of the Daytona Beach area. The opening performance by the Jacksonville Symphony is the first of it’s six concert series scheduled through December 2021 to March 2022. The remaining performances include:

  • 7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 15, Poland Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra with Agata Szymczewska, violin
  • 7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 29, Tenors & Divas (opera)
  • 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 4, Rigoletto (opera)
  • 3 p.m., Sun., Mar. 27, Siberian Virtuosi
  • 7 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 31, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, with Bruce Liu, Pianist.

Symphony Tickets make great holiday gifts and tickets for all performances are available at or Ticketmaster or the Peabody Auditorium Box Office at 600 Auditorium Blvd. in Daytona Beach. Ticket prices range from $51 to $89. For more information, please call 386.253.2901.