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Handel's Messiah

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Davies Symphony HallSan Francisco, California, CA 94102, United States
December 13, 14 at 20:00

Did you know that Handel’s Messiah was once considered indecent? Or that it was premiered in Ireland? Did you know that much of its text is drawn from the Old Testament? Or that the Hallelujah chorus isn’t about Christmas?

Rediscover the wonders of Messiah, written in just 24 days by the German composer who became one of Great Britain’s most honored citizens. A massive oratorio lasting more than two hours, this miraculous work was a hit even before its first performance (a Dublin newspaper ran ads suggesting concertgoers refrain from wearing swords and hoop skirts to accommodate “more company”). Threaded with jaw-dropping examples of word-painting, this evocative piece of 18th-century storytelling has been enrapturing music lovers ever since.

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