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 December, and there are several chances to do so in the Triangle in 2019. Some are sing-alongs.
These performances are presented by professional musical groups, community groups, school and church groups, and range in price, starting at free. Follow each link for details. Know of others? Let me know and I’ll try to get them onto the list.
Messiah Sing-Along with Choral Society of Durham
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham
Free, but a $10 donation for adults is suggested
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. This is not a ticketed event. There’s open seating until the sanctuary is full. A limited number of scores will be available to borrow, or to purchase for $10. (Follow above link to pre-purchase scores.) The Choral Society of Durham is a group that shares a common interest in high quality performance of significant choral literature, both sacred and secular.
North Carolina Symphony
Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E South Street, Raleigh
Friday Favorites–Selections from Handel’s Messiah: Friday, December 6th, 12 p.m.: starting at $37
Handel’s Messiah: Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th, 8 p.m.: Starting at $57
Cary Community Choir
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 SE Maynard Road, Cary
Cary Community Choir will be performing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah.
Messiah in Mebane
Sunday, December 8th, 2019
3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Mebane Presbyterian Church
402 S. 5th Street
The Mebane Community Choir will present the Christmas portions of George Frideric Handel’s master oratorio, Messiah. Messiah in Mebane is a tradition that extends midway back into the previous century. The late Dr. George Bullard, M.D. of Mebane organized the first community performance of Messiah in the 1951 Christmas season. The community presented the Oratorio annually into the 1970s. This year’s performance will be the 51st presentation and the 29th consecutive performance since Messiah in Mebane’s revival in 1991. An offering will be taken to defray costs.
Handel’s Messiah at Duke University Chapel
Friday, December 6th, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 8th, 2019, 3 p.m.
Duke University Chapel
401 Chapel Drive, Durham
$25 (Free for Duke students, $5 for non-Duke students, $15 for Duke employees)
For eighty-five years, Messiah has been the cornerstone of the Chapel’s concert life and one of the centerpieces of Duke’s holiday season. Performed annually during the season of Advent, Handel’s masterpiece tells the story of much more than the birth of Jesus. Tracing the history of humankind’s divine redemption through Christ, Messiah relates much of the biblical story from prophecy to Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and glorification in heaven.
Messiah Sing-In at Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration
Saturday, December 14th, 2019, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Apex Stake Center- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
590 Bryan Drive, Apex
These free sing-ins are part of the Apex Christmas Nativity Celebration. There will be other musical performances throughout the two-day celebration as well.
Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church
5510 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
The choir and orchestra of Friendship Baptist Church will present excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, followed by cookies and cocoa in the Welcome Center.