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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

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Holiday

Handel’s Messiah

Tickets

1575397172

1575684000

1607624372

Fri Dec 6 8pm

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Sat Dec 78pm

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

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Concert Duration

Approximately 3 hours including a 20 minute intermission.


Pre-Concert

Doors open 6pm

Pre-Concert Interview

Norway House, Gingerbread Decorating

Simpson Housing Services Hats & Mittens Drive


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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 Friday December 6 / SEE ALL UPCOMING EXPERIENCES

Local Art Display: Lonnie Broden

Norway House, Gingerbread Decorating

When: Pre-Concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
As the window to contemporary Norway, Norway House is a registered 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that partners with businesses, organizations, and the community to celebrate a shared heritage.

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.

Simpson Housing Services Hats & Mittens Drive

Simpson Housing Services Hats & Mittens Drive

When: Pre-concert
Where: Roberta Mann Grand Foyer
Donate new or gently used wind resistant winter hats, mittens, and hand warmers for adults to support Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of crisis. Look for collection bins near the Christmas tree in the lobby.