Handel Messiah

Dec 20

8:00 PM


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Since its premiere in 1742, Handel’s Messiah has brought audiences to their feet with its triumphant choruses and dazzling arias. Witness this glorious oratorio—performed by the combined forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and an exceptional cast of soloists—as part of a stirring holiday celebration.

Handel Messiah — December 23

Approximate concert duration: 144 minutes including intermission


Handel Messiah



Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard
30 minute run-time

Thursday, December 20, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, December 21, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, December 22, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Sunday, December 23, 12:45-1:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Early-music specialist Matthew Halls typically conducts two back-to-back weeks of performances of Messiah every December with different orchestras in North America or Europe. “Luckily, I adore the piece and never tire of performing it,” he said. “It does come around every year, and it wouldn’t be quite the same without it.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Of Handel's Messiah, which he will sing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, tenor Nicholas Phan observes: “It’s done in such a wide variety of ways, whether you’re doing it with a modern instrument ensemble like the CSO or with period instruments, so that’s one way it inherently stays fresh. And because it’s so technically challenging and the music requires such transparency, it’s a great annual winter [ritual].” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Maestro Matthew Halls is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.