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Music Talks: Really Hearing Handel's Messiah


Handel’s Messiah is undoubtedly the most popular, most performed choral piece in the classical repertoire. Handel is a master story teller who expertly uses many techniques to illuminate the text. The score calls for four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor and bass), chorus (soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections) and orchestra. Why does Handel use the solo bass to sing about darkness? Why does the solo soprano’s melody flutter around like a butterfly? Why do the violins get softer and softer at the end of “Glory to God”? Why do the sopranos begin the famous chorus “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”? Once you know how Handel plays the game you can proceed with confidence to uncover its secrets—and there are many!


$18 All Seats | ages 18 and under are free

Earlier Event: November 22
Walker Family Thanksgiving
Later Event: December 6
It's a Wonderful Life