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Calendar Pick: Handel’s Messiah

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. For over 300 years, George Frederic Handel’s Messiah has brought ecstatic joy and hope to listeners across the world. The classic Christmastime opera was composed at a breakneck speed of just 24 days, but the complexity and breadth of the piece belie its baking time. The full oratorio runs nearly three hours, but the piece’s most memorable sections, the “Christmas” portion and the “Hallelujah” chorus, will be performed by the orchestra and choir. The performance will also feature Vivaldi’s Gloria. Antonio Vivaldi was one of the most prolific and influential composers of the Baroque era, and although he gained little recognition for his genius in his time, his music continues to be performed hundreds of years later.

WHO: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall
HOW MUCH: $45–80