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Friday, December 3, 2010 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 4, 2010 4 PM
Sunday, December 5, 2010 4 PM

Handel’s Messiah

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The Cathedral Choir and
Baroque Orchestra

Audiences have been known to burst into song during the Hallelujah chorus and into tears during He Was Despised. Certainly no other masterwork of religious music is as familiar yet still as exciting as the first time you hear it. The Cathedral Choir, a Baroque period orchestra, the Cathedral setting, and the Christmas season all combine to make this an experience you won’t want to miss.

Handel’s masterpiece in the Cathedral’s setting is the essential Christmas music experience. A Baroque-period orchestra and guest soloists join the Cathedral’s combined boy, girl and men’s choirs under the direction of Michael McCarthy. Soloists: Gillian Keith, soprano; Marietta Simpson, alto; Rufus Müller, tenor; Eric Downs, bass. The concert lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Read a media interview with conductor Michael McCarthy »


The Cathedral is pleased to have Washington Flyer as a media partner for Messiah.

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