Judas Maccabaeus

December 14, 2023

The Riverside Church


This holiday season the ASO offers an alternative to George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with another oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus. Set amidst the story of Hanukkah, the oratorio is a dramatization of the Jews’ resistance towards their oppressors during the Maccabean revolt. Handel’s depiction of a peoples’ triumph over tyranny is brought to life through exultant choruses (sung by members of the Bard Festival Chorale and The Riverside Choir) and intensely emotive vocal solos.

The box office is located in the Cloister Lounge on the C level after entering through the Narthex doors on 490 Riverside Drive.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The ASO’s Vanguard Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


December 14, 2023
7 PM
The Riverside Church


George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 (1746)



Brandie Sutton, Soprano


Deborah Nansteel, Mezzo-soprano

Jack Swanson

Jack Swanson, Tenor


William Guanbo Su, Bass

Leon Botstein, conductor
Brandie Sutton, soprano
Deborah Nansteel, mezzo-soprano
Jack Swanson, tenor
William Guanbo Su, bass

Bard Festival Chorale
The Riverside Choir
James Bagwell, director