This Christmas, be moved by an ever-glorious setting of the greatest story ever told. This Friday, the Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists will join forces to fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias of Handel’s Messiah, including the powerful “Hallelujah” Chorus. Don’t miss this holiday favorite when it’s performed live on stage on December 20th.
Messiah, the musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel was first performed in the spring of 1742 and has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Since its 18th century Dublin premiere, it has been performed by choirs across the land every year since at least 1745.
Handel composed his most famous piece in 1741 and continued to work on it after its initial performance, finally arriving at the version we know today in 1754. Impressive solo arias, like 'Ev'ry valley shall be exalted' and 'Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion' are interspersed with compelling chorus numbers, telling the story of Jesus' birth, life, death, resurrection, and final victory over sin and death.
During Victorian times, there was a phase when Messiah was performed by ever expanding musical forces. The rousing 'Hallelujah' Chorus is one of the most famous pieces of Baroque choral music, and by far the most widely-known section of the work. Audiences tend to stand during performances – a tradition that allegedly began when King George II stood up during the chorus at the oratorio’s debut London performance.
The mission of the Houston Symphony is to inspire and engage a large and diverse audience in Greater Houston and beyond through exceptional orchestral and non-orchestral performances, educational programs and community activities.
Be there when the Houston Symphony presents Handel's Messiah on Friday! Tickets start at $24 and are on sale at www.houstonsymphony.org.
At The Heights at Park Row Apartments in Houston, Texas, we encourage our residents to discover all the wonderful happenings in our city, whether it’d be a concert, exhibit, or convention. Set aside some time to attend this upcoming event in our area!
Friday, December 20, 2019—8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
615 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002