Do you know the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’? It’s from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah! An oratorio is a large composition for orchestra and voices, and they often will tell a story (in this case, it is the Biblical story of Jesus). Messiah was composed in 1741, and it was a hit from the beginning – even the dress rehearsals of its premiere were ticketed. 300 years later, it has become one of the most performed choral works in Western music. If there was a top 40 for all time, Handel’s famous work would probably be on the list!
Join the Ann Arbor Symphony and the UMS Choral Union to experience this classic piece. Performances will take place at Hill Auditorium on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 2 at 2 pm. Visit the University Musical Society website to purchase tickets (If you are a student, you can get discounted tickets for $12 or $20). Don’t miss it!