Handel And Haydn Society To Present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ For 166th Consecutive Year

By Nicole Kuchta

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society will continue its annual holiday tradition of presenting Handel’s beloved choral work “Messiah.”

H + H gave the American premiere of “Messiah” in its entirety in 1818, and has showcased the “dazzling and joyous” work every year since 1854.

The sixty-member professional Baroque chorus and period instrument orchestra will be joined by soprano Elizabeth Watts, countertenor Reginald Mobley, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.

Masaaki Suzuki, founder of the Early Music Department at Tokyo University of the Arts and Bach Collegium Japan, will conduct.

“For 166 years, H + H’s ‘Messiah’ has been inspiring both musicians and the audience, connecting them with the joy of the holiday season – and under Suzuki’s baton, this year’s edition will truly be unlike any other,” shared H + H President and CEO David Snead in the press release.

Performances will take place at Symphony Hall from Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2019.