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Handel’s Messiah

December 14–18, 2022


HANDEL Messiah

This performance will last approximately 170 minutes, with one intermission and one additional pause.


Richard Egarr, conductor
Stefanie True, soprano
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Tortise, tenor
Joshua Bloom, bass
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale


Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. | Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 p.m. | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday, December 17, 7:00 p.m. | First Church, Berkeley
Sunday, December 18, 4:00 p.m. | First Church, Berkeley


Handel’s Messiah is one of those pieces which we think we all know, and then we sit in front of it and are once again wowed and reminded just what a genius Handel was. How many works have SO many great tunes? How many of them bear repeated listening, revealing new things each time? How many take you on a dramatic roller coaster encompassing rage, sorrow, joy, and jubilation? How many can still pack an emotional gut-punch even though you’ve heard them before? Messiah can.

In this pre-holiday treat Music Director Richard Egarr is back and joined by a top-flight roster of great soloists. Join us and be uplifted.


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

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