Special Concerts:
Handel’s Messiah


Michael Francis, conductor
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay
Doreen Rao, visiting artistic director

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has mesmerized audiences since its debut in 1742 in Dublin. The oratorio based on scripture is in English and was originally an Easter offering. Now it’s a fixture at Christmastime in churches and concert halls around the world. Messiah is also Handel’s most famous work, though it didn’t take long to compose, only about three or four weeks in the summer of 1741. The story goes that when Handel wrote the “Hallelujah” chorus, he exclaimed through tears: “I did think I saw heaven open, and saw the very face of God.”

Discover why Handel’s divine masterpiece has awed audiences for 275 years and become a holiday fixture in concert halls around the world. Join us for a pre-concert conversation one hour before the concert.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00pm – Idlewild Baptist Church

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Friday, December 22, 2017 at 8:00pm – St Petersburg, Mahaffey Theater (MAH)

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Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00pm – First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks





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