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Holiday, Handel's Messiah, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor; Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Jay Carter, countertenor; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; Philip Cutlip, baritone; Philharmonia Chorale, Bruce Lamott, director; December 14, 2013; Patron Sponsors: Kit and Hayne Leland


In what has become an eagerly anticipated holiday season tradition, Cal Performances welcomes the inimitable Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for a glorious performance of Handel's Messiah oratorio. Music director and conductor Nicholas McGegan first recorded Handel's beloved masterpiece with his ensemble more than 20 years ago, and by all accounts his interpretation of the work has grown in richness and spirit over the years, illuminating "the musical wonders of Handel's score" with "a different, deeper character" (Los Angeles Times).

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Donor Event: Donor Intermission
Sat, Dec 14, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1,500+)

During select performances throughout the season, Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments in our donor lounge, the Zellerbach Room, located on the north side of the Zellerbach Hall lobby. For especially popular events, find us on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall. Donor Intermissions are the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Parking & Traffic Alerts

Parking may be a problem on campus for this performance due to a Cal Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Telegraph Street Fair Alert
The Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair is taking place December 14 & 15 from 11 am–6 pm. Please note that during these times, Telegraph Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way. If this is your usual route to Zellerbach, please allow extra travel time to navigate the street closures. For more information on the Fair, visit

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Nicholas McGegan on Handel's Messiah

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Sat, Dec 14, 8 pm