The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus perform Messiah at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

Classical Arizona PBS live broadcast and special holiday feature Sunday, Dec. 18 and Tuesday, Dec. 20

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Classical Arizona PBS together with K-BACH, The Phoenix Symphony, and the Phoenix Chorale are proudly presenting two special holiday features.

The Phoenix Symphony LIVE

On Sunday, Dec. 18, The Phoenix Symphony along with The Phoenix Symphony Chorus will be performing Handel’s “Messiah” at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale at 3:00 pm. This event will be broadcast live on DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS, 89.5 K-BACH, and KNAU Arizona Public Radio in Northern Arizona and can be livestreamed at This one-time event will only be available as it airs!

Program notes for the performance are available from The Phoenix Symphony for those who are listening at home, providing the full text of the piece as well as background about “Messiah.”

Featuring portions of the monumental oratorio “Messiah” by German composer George Frederick Handel, this program will be over two hours in length and includes a special behind the scenes feature with Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz. For the first time in decades, listeners will be able to hear your Phoenix Symphony performing this holiday classic live on air and online.

The Phoenix Chorale on Arizona Encore

Classical Arizona PBS will also be providing listeners with a very special way to enjoy the Phoenix Chorale’s holiday concert. Arizona Encore listeners can hear “A Chorale Christmas: Navidad” in its entirety on air at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The Chorale’s performance features an unique program that highlights Arizona’s Hispanic roots. Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas will also be making a special appearance to chat about the music. This program will be available on DTV 8.5 Classical Arizona PBS, 89.5 K-BACH, and KNAU Arizona Public Radio in Northern Arizona. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the program on-demand via the Classical Arizona PBS mobile app and via PBS Passport starting Wednesday, December 21st.

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