Handel's beloved Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742 and combines Old and New Testament texts concerning prophecies of a Messiah, or savior. One of the most loved of all musical compositions, it has become an integral part of any holiday season. Join guest conductor Masaaki Suzuki—director of Bach Collegium Japan, and a formidable Handelian—along with the incomparable Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, and soloists from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music for a joyous performance of this extraordinary 18th-century masterpiece.
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Program notes are available online. [PDF]