Messiah Sing-Along

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When: Friday, December 23, 6PM
Where: 2700 F St, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free
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downloadThe Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall. Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Fun Fact:

Handel composed Messiah in just over three weeks. The story goes that Handel dashed off his masterpiece in such a short time during the summer of 1741 because he was up to his ears in debt and needed something to sell! What a mundane reason for the creation of one of the most inspirational pieces of music ever written.

Tradition also has it that Handel wrote the score in a garden ‘temple’ (an architectural conceit popular on country estates in the mid-eighteenth century) at Gopsall Hall, Leicestershire, the home of his librettist Charles Jennens. The ruins of the ‘temple’ have been preserved and can be visited by tourists.

The original score of ‘Messiah’ no longer exists, partly because Handel himself re-arranged the piece every time he conducted it, which was often. Re-arrangements were necessary to accommodate the number of voices and instruments available to him, or even the size of the hall in which the oratorio was to be performed. The version with which we are most familiar today is the Mozart arrangement commissioned in 1789 by Baron Von Swieten.

Performance Timing: Parts I & II– approximately 50 mins. each, with a 15-min. intermission


NOTE: Please note the new concert start time of 6 p.m. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the performance (Fri., Dec. 23) in the Hall of Nations. TWO (2) tickets per person in line will be distributed. Tickets are reserved seating.

Parking Note: There is no free parking when attending free performances.

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