Messiah

December 2–6, 2020

This performance has been cancelled.

Following rousing critical acclaim from his performances at The Babican in 2017, Richard brings his extraordinary rendition of Handel’s Messiah to the Bay Area.

In lieu of live performances, our programming through April 2021 has been expanded to a digital platform.

A similar replacement program has been curated for your digital enjoyment.

Explore the 2020/VIRTUAL series!

Richard Egarr was a fizzing bundle of energy through Messiah.

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Following rousing critical acclaim from his performances at The Babican in 2017, Richard brings his extraordinary rendition of Handel’s Messiah to the Bay Area. His intimate approach to the holiday masterpiece reclaims Handel’s original “string band” accompaniment, providing the stellar line-up of soloists more flexibility to bring to light this joyous, spirited music. In addition to witnessing the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale shine bright, audiences will delight in countertenor Reginald Mobley, whose sparkling alto was heard in his recent PBO performance of Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine. Stefanie True, Andrew Tortise, and Joshua Bloom make their PBO debuts. Celebrate the season with Richard’s one-of-a-kind Messiah—sure to become a staple of the Bay Area holiday season!

The Music

HANDEL Messiah

Richard Egarr, conductor
Stefanie True, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Joshua Bloom, baritone
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Bruce Lamott,
chorale director

Pre-Concert Talk

Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time. More information about the talk available here soon.
If you’re unable to join us, the Sunday Pre-Concert Talk will be livestreamed here. Tune in at 3:15PM before the Sunday performance to listen in! The video will be available for viewing after the livestream as well.

Program Notes

The program notes for this performance will be available here one week before the first performance. Refresh the page for the latest updates.

Messiah

WED 12/2/20
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto
FRI 12/4/20
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
SAT 12/5/20
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
SUN 12/6/20
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

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