Handel's Messiah

Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30PM
Boettcher Concert Hall

Handel's Messiah
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Handel's Messiah is a Colorado Symphony holiday staple, first performed as far back as 1947.

HANDEL Messiah

Experience the full majesty of Handel’s masterpiece — one of the most revered oratorios of all time — when Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony and Chorus to exalt Messiah to new heights.

The running time of this performance is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes. This includes one 20-minute intermission.

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Comfort ye, my people
Ev’ry valley shall be exalted
And the glory of the Lord
Thus saith the Lord
But who may abide
And he shall purify
Behold, a virgin shall conceive
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
The people that walked in darkness
For unto us a child is born
Pifa (complete: 32 measures)
There were shepherds abiding in the field
And lo, the angel of the Lord
And the angel said unto them
And suddenly there was with the angel
Glory to God
Rejoice greatly
Then shall the eyes of the blind be open’d
He shall feed his flock/Come unto Him
His Yoke is Easy


Behold the lamb of God
He was despised (A section only)
Surely, he hath borne our griefs
And with His stripes we are healed
All we like sheep, have gone astray
All they that see him laugh him to scorn
He trusted in God
Thy rebuke hath broken his heart
Behold and see if there be any sorrow
He was cut off out of the land of the living
But Thou didst not leave his soul in hell
Let all the angels of God worship Him
How beautiful are the feet (A section only)
Why do the nations so furiously rage
Let us break their bonds asunder
He that dwelleth in heaven
Thou shalt break them

I know that my Redeemer liveth
Since by man came death
Behold, I tell you a mystery
The trumpet shall sound (A section only)
Worthy is the Lamb

Brett Mitchell, conductor
Layla Claire, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo
John Tessier, tenor
Timothy Jones, baritone
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

Boettcher Concert Hall is located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th and Curtis Streets in the heart of downtown Denver. It's easy to find and there are two large parking garages to the east and west of Boettcher. There are often multiple performances happening at DPAC at the same time, which leads to traffic congestion and lines to get into the parking garages. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to DPAC—we don't want you to miss any of the music!

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