Start your holiday season with Choral Society of Pensacola’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
First performed in 1741, this meditation on the birth, passion, death and resurrection of Christ has earned a place as one of the best-known and most beloved works in the classical repertoire. It has played an important role in the history of the Choral Society, which grew out a performance of selections at a meeting of the Music Study Club of Pensacola in 1935 and which has presented the work, at least in part, every year since. Audiences never fail to respond to the wide range of emotions expressed in the work’s varied solos and choral sections, including the familiar and inspiring “Hallelujah” Chorus.
This year, four of Pensacola Opera’s Artists in Residence will serve as soloists: Soprano Evelyn Saavedra, mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman, tenor Eric Dean Wassenaar, and bass Brent Hetherington. They’ll perform with a sixty-voice community choir and an orchestra comprising some of the area’s finest musicians, all under the direction of Xiaolun Chen.
Tickets are available at the Saenger box office and through Ticketmaster.