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  • Fri, Dec 8, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Dec 9, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

Handel’s Messiah: Special Concert

Music Director Michael Francis conducts the ultimate celebration of holiday joy, with its divine Hallelujah chorus. Handel’s masterpiece has had staying power for nearly 300 years, with sensationally beautiful music that is accessible to listeners of any age. This grand tradition features The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and four soloists.

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El Mesías de Handel

Con su divino coro “Aleluya”, el Mesías es la máxima celebración de la alegría navideña. Una tradición desde hace casi 300 años. Michael Francis dirige, con The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.

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PART I
1. Sinfonia
2. Accompagnato Comfort ye, my people {Tenor}
3. Air Ev’ry valley {Tenor}
4. Chorus And the Glory of the Lord {chorus}
5. Accompagnato Thus saith the Lord of Hosts {Bass}
6. Air But who may abide the day of His coming {Alto}
7. Chorus And He shall purify {chorus}
Recitative Behold, a virgin shall conceive {Alto}
8. Air and Chor O Thou that tellest, good tidings to Zion {Alto}
9. Accompagnato For behold, darkness shall cover the earth {Bass}
10. Air The people that walked in darkness {Bass}
11. Chorus For unto us a Child is born {chorus}
12. Pifa (Sinphonia pastorale)
Recitative There were shepherds abiding in the field {Soprano}
13. Accompagnato And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them {Soprano}
Recitative And the angel said unto them {Soprano}
14. Accompagnato And suddenly there was with the angel {Soprano}
15. Chorus Glory to God in the highest {chorus}
Recitative Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened {Alto}
17. Duet He shall feed His flock {Alto, Soprano}
18. Chorus His yoke is easy, His burthen is light {chorus}

– Intermission –

PART II 
19. Chorus Behold the Lamb of God {chorus}
20. Air He was despised {Alto}
21. Chorus Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows {chorus}
22. Chorus And with His stripes we are healed {chorus}
23. Chorus All we like sheep, have gone astray {chorus} 24. Accompagnato All they that see Him, laugh Him to scorn {Tenor}
25. Chorus He trusted in God {chorus}
26. Accompagnato Thy rebuke hath broken His heart {Tenor}
27. Arioso Behold, and see if there be any sorrow {Tenor}
28. Accompagnato He was cut off out of the land of the living {Tenor}
29. Air But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell {Tenor}
30. Chorus Lift up your heads {chorus}
32. Air Thou art gone up on high {Alto}
33. Chorus The Lord gave the word {chorus}
34a. Air How beautiful are the feet of them {Soprano}
36. Air Why do the nations so furiously rage together {Bass}
37. Chorus Let us break their bonds asunder {chorus} Recitative He that dwelleth in heaven {Tenor}
38. Air Though shalt break them with a rod of iron {Tenor}
39. Chorus Hallelujah {chorus}

‐ Pause ‐

PART III 
40. Air I know that my Redeemer liveth {Soprano}
41. Chorus Since by man came death {chorus}
42. Accompagnato Behold I tell you a mystery {Bass}
43. Air The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be rais’d {Bass}
46. Air If God be for us, who can be against us {Soprano}
47. Chorus Worthy is the Lamb; Amen

Why is Handel’s Messiah so popular after nearly 300 years?

Could any single piece of music be more popular and performed than Handel’s Messiah? Read more on TFO’s Blog.

From the archive

Did the king really stand for the Hallelujah chorus? And other Messiah mysteries. Read more with this post from 2017 on TFO’s Blog.

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  • Fri, Dec 8, 8 pm

    Straz Center

  • Sat, Dec 9, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

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