All over the world, people gather during the holidays to hear George Frideric Handel's Messiah.First performed in Dublin in 1742, Handel's Messiah is an oratorio with a scriptural basis that still remains a holiday favorite 250 after the composer's death. Two groups will perform the famous piece in Washington, D.C., this December: the National Symphony Orchestra and the D.C. Strings Choir and Orchestra. Here's what you need to know!
Handel's Messiah with D.C. Strings Choir and OrchestraWHEN: Friday, December 8 | 7 p.m. WHERE: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital | 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003 TICKETS: $18/adult (includes sparkling wine) "Handel's Messiah with D.C. Strings" features the D.C. Strings Workshop (DCSW), a dynamic chamber orchestra composed of musicians committed to bringing classical concerts to diverse audiences and making high-quality musical presentations accessible to all. Soloists will join the musicians for the performance. Register here.
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's MessiahWHEN: Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 17 WHERE: Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20566 TICKETS: $15–$89 The National Symphony Orchestra will once again present its annual performance of Handel's Messiah at the Kennedy Center. Conductor Jeannette Sorrell will bring a fresh perspective to Handel's cherished Messiah with soloists Sophie Daneman, Ann McMahon Quintero, Karim Sulayman, and Christian Immler, along with the University of Maryland Concert Choir. Purchase tickets here.
Featured image of National Symphony Orchestra, courtesy of NPR.
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