Handel Messiah

A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant  Hallelujah” chorus — featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.

Holiday Concerts

Dates and Tickets

  • 20 Dec (Fri) 2019 8:00PM
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  • 21 Dec (Sat) 2019 1:00PM
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  • 21 Dec (Sat) 2019 8:00PM
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  • 22 Dec (Sun) 2019 2:00PM
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Running time

2 hours, 20 minutes

Location

S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall

Performers

Matthew Halls

Conductor

The word “versatile” is an apt description for British conductor Matthew Halls. He first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor, but Halls is now better known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods.

Nola Richardson

Soprano

Soprano Nola Richardson is rapidly making her mark as an "especially impressive" (The New York Times) young soloist and has been praised by the Washington Post for her "astonishing balance and accuracy,” “crystalline diction” and “natural-sounding ease.”

Meg Bragle

Mezzo-Soprano

Widely praised for her musical intelligence and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), American mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle is quickly earning an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted and versatile mezzo-sopranos.

Thomas Cooley

Tenor

Thomas Cooley is singer of great virtuosity, expressiveness, and versatility. In demand internationally, Cooley performs a wide range of repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day with premiere orchestras, ensembles and conductors. Cooley has received exceptional acclaim for the role of the Evangelist in Bach's Passions and in the great oratorios of Handel.

William Berger

Baritone

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the best of our younger baritones”, William Berger is distinguished by his rich vocal timbre and charismatic stage presence. A compelling interpreter of song, Berger is equally at home on the operatic stage and has performed at renowned festivals, opera houses and concert halls including the English National Opera, Liceu Barcelona, Opera Vlaanderen, Opéra de Toulon, and the Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh International Festivals.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.

Sponsors

Performances of Handel’s Messiah are supported by a gift in memory of Gwen Jones Whyte. Thomas Cooley’s performances are supported in part by the Melvyn Poll Tenor Fund.

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