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Pittsburgh Symphony will perform Handel's Messiah


It has become a tradition that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah.

The musicians on stage will be joined by the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and four soloists: Lisa Saffer, soprano; Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano; Phillippe Castagner, tenor; and Sanford Sylvan, bass. The concerts on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. will be conducted by Betsy Burleigh and denote her conducting debut with the orchestra.

George Frideric Handel composed the oratorio in 1741; since then, it has remained immensely popular among concert-goers in the English-speaking world. Messiah is based on selected passages from the Old Testament and New Testament, presenting the birth, the passion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The performances given by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra feature a shortened version of Messiah, with importance being put on the prophecies as told in the Book of Isaiah and on the Nativity. The parts about the passion and the resurrection and the “aftermath” (Book of Revelation) are reduced to the essential texts and musical numbers.

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