ALBUQUERQUE ― The New Mexico Symphonic Chorus’ gift to New Mexicans for the holiday season is Handel’s beloved Messiah in its entirety with the NMPhil and world-class baroque soloists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.
Messiah is a transcendent musical experience enjoyed by audiences around the world for more than 250 years. From his seat at the harpsichord, Roger Melone will conduct the Chorus, the NMPhil and critically acclaimed soloists in this special concert.
Messiah soloists will include soprano Clara Rottsolk, countertenor Andrew Rader, tenor Kyle Stegall and baritone David Grogan.
“This Messiah production at Popejoy is the must-attend concert for this holiday season,” NMSC Music Director Roger Melone said. “Our musicians are excited to offer this professional and authentically baroque concert, and we look forward to inspiring our audience.”
Reserved seating tickets for Messiah range from $20 to $50 and are being sold online at NMSChorus.org or through UNM ticketing at 505.925.5858
or in person at The Pit,
the UNM Bookstore and Albertsons Supermarkets.
Discounts of 20 percent are offered for students through 12th grade or full-time students with valid student ID and for groups purchasing at least 15 tickets. Also, depending on availability, there may be $8 student rush tickets – up to two tickets per full-time student with valid student ID – available beginning 90 minutes before the concert at the Popejoy box office.
About the Music
Georg Frideric Handel (born 1685 in Halle, Germany and died 1759 in London, England) began writing Messiah (Oratorio in Three Parts) in August 1741. He completed it Sept. 14 and conducted the first performance April 13, 1742 in Dublin.
With words in English taken mostly from the King James Bible and combined with some of Handel’s most ambitious musical explorations, including its Hallelujah Chorus, Messiah is a masterpiece enjoyed by audiences throughout the world for almost 275 years.
Handel’s masterwork was not conceived originally as music for the Christmas holidays. However, it became just that within the composer’s lifetime. With its combination of texts from the Old and New Testaments, Messiah explores the many aspects of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection.
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