The Christmas season is filled with music, but none exemplifies the season as much as the Christmas part of Handel’s Messiah, including the Hallelujah Chorus. It’s become a tradition to attend a performance of The Messiah (or at least part of The Messiah) in the winter.
This year, although we can’t gather, the music goes on. here are three opportunities to hear and watch local groups perform parts of The Messiah, online.
All are free, but all of these organizations accept donations and they’d be especially appreciated this year.
Also, most of these performances should be available to watch after the date they’re premiered.
Messiah Sing-Along with Choral Society of Durham
Sunday, November 29th, 2020
This group is presenting a FREE Messiah Sing-Along, but this year the event will be held virtually. Follow above link for details on how to join.
Cary Community Choir
Cary Community Choir recorded a virtual concert of two selections from Handel’s Messiah. It’s available on YouTube now.
Handel’s Messiah at Duke University Chapel – online
Sunday, December 6th, 2020
Now in its eighty-eighth year, the annual presentation of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” at Duke Chapel is one of the oldest and most beloved musical traditions at Duke University. This year, that tradition continues with this online “Messiah” concert. All of Part 1 — the Christmas portion — plus the Hallelujah Chorus, will be performed. Follow the above link for details on how to watch.
This online “Messiah” program will blend live performances of arias and recitatives with virtual, sing-along choruses created from recordings from last year’s concerts.
This live event is presented with enhanced health and safety precautions, in consultation with Duke’s Occupational and Environmental Safety Office, enabling the musicians to safely perform. Camera angles may reduce or distort the appearance of distances between performers
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More holiday concerts in the Triangle
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Friday, December 25, 2020