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 2018. 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.
Annual Open Sing of Handel’s Messiah
Friday, November 30th, 2018
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Newman Catholic Student Center Parish
214 Pittsboro Street
The 53rd Annual Open Sing of Handel’s Messiah will be held at 7pm on Friday, November 30th at the Newman Catholic Student Center. Dr. Sue Klausmeyer is the guest conductor this year. Sue is known for her finely crafted programming and vigorous interpretations of modern and classical works. Dr. Klausmeyer will be joined by an soloists and musicians from the community. The event is free and open to all. For more information call 919-942-2152.
Messiah in Mebane: Christmastide Arias & Choruses
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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, on Sunday afternoon December 2 at 3:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Mebane Presbyterian Church, 402 South Fifth Street in Mebane, NC. 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 50th presentation and the 28th consecutive performance since Messiah in Mebane’s revival in 1991. A reception will follow in the Baker Building Fellowship Hall.
North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville State University Choirs Perform Handel’s Messiah Part 1
Friday, November 30th, 2018
B.N. Duke Auditorium
North Carolina Central University
1851 Fayetteville Street, Durham
$20. Purchase tickets online or by calling 919-530-5170.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Fayetteville State University Choirs will unite to perform select choruses and solos from “Handel’s Messiah Part One,” an English-language large-scale musical composition. The NCCU Choir has performed nationwide. With a repertoire of sacred and secular music, the choir performs traditional church music, anthems, masses, oratorios, contemporary gospel songs and jazz choral arrangements.
The choirs will also perform the program on Sunday, December 1st, 2018, at 5 p.m., at Fayetteville State University, J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, 1200 Murchison Rd., Fayetteville.
Handel’s Messiah at Duke University Chapel
Friday, November 30th, 7:30 p.m.
Performances on December 1st and 2nd are sold out
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.
The Duke Chapel Choir is joined by professional vocal soloists and orchestra.
– This performance will last for approximately 3 hours with an intermission.
– Seat cushions are permitted.
– No food or drink in Duke Chapel, with the exception of bottled water.
– Please arrive early. Late seating restrictions will be in effect.
– Page Box Office, located to the left of Duke Chapel will be open 90 minutes before each concert.
– Chapel doors will open for seating approximately one hour prior to each concert.
A Holiday Messiah with the Concert Singers of Cary
Saturday, December 15th, 2018
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem Street, Apex
Concert Singers of Cary will be performing with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra on period instruments. Conducted by Nathan Leaf.
The 30-voice Chamber Choir will be joined by 10 members of the NC Baroque Orchestra to present G. F. Handel’s (1685-1759) iconic work (part 1, plus the Hallelujah Chorus). Of the many performances of Messiah that take place in the Triangle area, ours is the only one that uses Baroque period instruments. This celebrated annual collaboration offers a unique presentation of the Messiah, set in the intimate space of the Halle Center.
- Elizabeth Terry Joyner (soprano)
- Jennifer Beattie (mezzo soprano)
- Aaron Carlyle (tenor)
- Wes Everett (baritone)
You can purchase tickets at The Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex, over the phone at (919) 249-1120, or online.
More holiday concerts in the Triangle
B.N. Duke Auditorium (North Carolina Central University)
1851 Fayetteville Street