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Among the great choral works of Western music, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is arguably the best and most cherished, exuding joy and humanity from start to finish and celebrating our relationship to the divine.
Handel composed Messiah in just 24 days to safeguard his livelihood at a time when expensive operas were becoming less popular and more difficult to produce. Without a dramatic narrative to guide him, Handel instead relied on scripture to create his musical masterpiece. Handel was a great philanthropist who chose to support charitable causes for Messiah’s first three performances in Dublin, and each was a runaway success.
Under the baton of conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the NAC Orchestra is thrilled to perform this holiday masterpiece. Since the opening of the NAC in 1969, Cantata Singers of Ottawa have performed every year with the NAC Orchestra. This holiday season, experience the irresistible joy and mystery of Messiah and feel the wonder and hope few other sacred works can express.