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Handel's Messiah

About this Concert:

Few composers have ever matched Handel for the sense of awe he creates with his Messiah. Our special guest this year is Scotsman Douglas Boyd who conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra so beautifully for several years.

HANDEL
Messiah

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  • Long before Douglas Boyd picked up a conductor’s baton, he was an oboist. He was a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, serving as its principal oboe for 21 years.
  • Gentlemen, please don’t wear your dress swords: men in mid-18th-century Dublin who bought tickets to the Messiah premiere were asked to leave their steel at home because the hall was sold out and every spare inch of room was spoken for.
  • And ladies, no hoops: same for the women, who were asked to keep the dress-line slim to save space at the premiere.
  • After a dark and dramatic overture, the first words you hear sung in Messiah are “Comfort ye…” which is kind of what we all need to hear at this time of year, right?
Location Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis
MN
55403
http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org
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Handel's Messiah

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64568176568

1481421600

64600317368

Sat Dec 10 2016 8pm

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Fri Dec 9 2016 8pm

Douglas Boyd, conductor | Photo © Jean-Baptiste Millot

Douglas Boyd, conductor | Photo © Jean-Baptiste Millot

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About this Concert:

Few composers have ever matched Handel for the sense of awe he creates with his Messiah. Our special guest this year is Scotsman Douglas Boyd who conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra so beautifully for several years.

HANDEL
Messiah

Read program notes

More Details:

  • Long before Douglas Boyd picked up a conductor’s baton, he was an oboist. He was a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, serving as its principal oboe for 21 years.
  • Gentlemen, please don’t wear your dress swords: men in mid-18th-century Dublin who bought tickets to the Messiah premiere were asked to leave their steel at home because the hall was sold out and every spare inch of room was spoken for.
  • And ladies, no hoops: same for the women, who were asked to keep the dress-line slim to save space at the premiere.
  • After a dark and dramatic overture, the first words you hear sung in Messiah are “Comfort ye…” which is kind of what we all need to hear at this time of year, right?
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Merchandise

Merchandise and Recordings

When: Pre-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Visit the Concessions Booth in the lobby to purchase a variety of Minnesota Orchestra merchandise including scarves, CDs and more!

Nightingale

Project Opera

When: 7:10pm & 7:30pm
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Hear a performance by Project Opera, Minnesota Opera’s youth vocal program, as they sing excerpts from The Nightingale by Imant Raminsh. This fully-staged opera will be performed on February 10 & 11 at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.