Handel’s Messiah
Dec 16 - Dec 19, 2021
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Handel Messiah


From the awe-inspiring “Hallelujah” chorus to the many thrilling and intimate arias, Handel’s landmark oratorio is an unmissable CSO holiday tradition. Nicholas McGegan, “one of the finest Baroque conductors of his generation” (The Independent), leads a glorious reunion of the assembled forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

All ticket holders are invited to a free 30 minute Preconcert Conversation on Armour Stage and will start 75 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 30 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    with Laura Prichard
Thursday, December 16, 2021
7:30 PM
Friday, December 17, 2021
1:30 PM
Saturday, December 18, 2021
8:00 PM
Sunday, December 19, 2021
3:00 PM


Chicago Symphony Chorus Director and Conductor

The appearance of Yulia Van Doren, Reginald Mobley, Ben Bliss and Dashon Burton is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has joined a growing coalition of performing arts organizations across the Chicago area in adopting safety protocols to ensure your visit to Symphony Center is safe and sound.

These protocols include providing proof of vaccination or a negative test upon entry and wearing face masks. Guidelines will be reviewed regularly to follow the latest public health recommendations. Visit cso.org/safeandsound for the most recent information. Ticket holders will receive specific instructions for entry in advance of the performance.

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