Handel Messiah

Dec 23

2:00 PM

Handel

Sunday, December 23, 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.

RELATED PERFORMANCES
Handel Messiah — December 20
Handel Messiah — December 21
Handel Messiah — December 22

Approximate concert duration: 144 minutes including intermission

Program

Handel Messiah

Performers

PRECONCERT CONVERSATION — NOTE NEW TIME

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

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

Sponsors

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

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