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Handel’s Messiah

About This Concert

Before the season rushes ahead, and the to-do list becomes too long to ever get done, set aside an evening for your soul. Handel’s Messiah opens with a tender call, “Comfort ye,” and its ringing Hallelujah Chorus will echo in your spirit throughout the holidays.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

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Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."
  • The Minnesota Orchestra—then known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra—first performed Handel’s Messiah on Christmas Day 1903, just seven weeks after its inaugural concert. On that occasion, founding Music Director Emil Oberhoffer led the Orchestra and the Philharmonic Club chorus, and the vocal soloists were Jennie Osborn Hannah, Alma Johnson Porteous, Edward C. Towne and Frederick Martin. Since 1966 the ensemble has presented the work nearly every year with a variety of distinguished conductors and soloists, although this year’s performances of Messiah are the Orchestra’s first since 2016. 
  • Celebrate the season with a specialty cocktail at the Hall! From our Mistletoe Mule to our Raspberry Frost - the holiday drink menu is sure to delight! Come early, linger late. We've got a Night Cap waiting.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
Holiday

Handel’s Messiah

Out at the Hall Concert

Tickets

1593292315

1575770400

1625433115

SAT DEC 7 2019 8pm

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Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Plan your visit

Pre-pay Valet Parking (Save $3)


Concert Duration

Approximately 3 hours including a 20 minute intermission.


Pre-Concert

Doors open 6pm

Pre-Concert Interview

$5 Happhy Hour and Tastings

Central High School Choir

Simpson Housing Services Hats & Mittens Drive


All upcoming concert activities

About This Concert

Before the season rushes ahead, and the to-do list becomes too long to ever get done, set aside an evening for your soul. Handel’s Messiah opens with a tender call, “Comfort ye,” and its ringing Hallelujah Chorus will echo in your spirit throughout the holidays.

Program

HANDEL
Messiah / 140 min

Read More:

Program Notes PDF

Artists

Fun Facts

  • Handel’s Messiah was originally associated with Easter and premiered in April 1742 in Dublin.
  • The Star Tribune crowns the Minnesota Chorale “…one of the area’s preeminent choirs, [combining] impeccable diction with a real commitment to the music.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Sherezade Panthaki as “a phenomenon” and praised the “multifold splendor of her singing."
  • The Minnesota Orchestra—then known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra—first performed Handel’s Messiah on Christmas Day 1903, just seven weeks after its inaugural concert. On that occasion, founding Music Director Emil Oberhoffer led the Orchestra and the Philharmonic Club chorus, and the vocal soloists were Jennie Osborn Hannah, Alma Johnson Porteous, Edward C. Towne and Frederick Martin. Since 1966 the ensemble has presented the work nearly every year with a variety of distinguished conductors and soloists, although this year’s performances of Messiah are the Orchestra’s first since 2016. 
  • Celebrate the season with a specialty cocktail at the Hall! From our Mistletoe Mule to our Raspberry Frost - the holiday drink menu is sure to delight! Come early, linger late. We've got a Night Cap waiting.

Accessibility at Orchestra Hall

Assisted listening devices available Large print program available Wheelchair seating availableService dogs welcomePlease refrain from using strong perfumes and colognes

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Pre- and Post-Concert Experiences on Saturday December 7 / SEE ALL UPCOMING EXPERIENCES

$5 Happy Hour and Tasting with MOA Bars

$5 Happy Hour and Tasting with MOA Bars

When: Pre-concert
Where: All lobby bars
Join us for a $5 Happy Hour and tastings from our very own Minnesota Orchestra Bars! Must be 21 years of age.

$5 Edwards Dessert Kitchen Desserts

$5 Edwards Dessert Kitchen Desserts

When: Pre-concert
Where: All lobby bars
The Minnesota Orchestra is happy to partner with Edwards Dessert Kitchen for all of our Out at the Hall and Holiday performances. SWEET VIBES ONLY!

Concert Preview

Concert Preview with Phillip Gainsley

When: 7:00pm-7:25pm
Where: Auditorium
Join Phillip Gainsley for an entertaining interview with conductor Nicholas Kraemer, countertenor Daniel Moody, and bass-baritone Benjamin Bevan, before they perform Handel's iconic Messiah. This concert preview is free; however, a concert ticket is required for entry.

St. Paul Central High School Choir

St. Paul Central High School Choir

When: 7:00pm-7:45pm
Where: Target Atrium
Join Martha Graber and one of St. Paul Central High School's wonderful choirs for a pre-concert performance of holiday music in the Target Atrium.