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Symphony Tacoma & Symphony Tacoma Chorus presents Handel’s Messiah

Popular event once again offered in Gig Harbor

TACOMA, WA – On December 14, Symphony Tacoma Voices conductor Geoffrey Boers conducts Symphony Tacoma for the annual performance of Messiah in Gig Harbor. The Symphony Tacoma Chorus will join the performance.

Handel wrote his great oratorio Messiah in a remarkable 24 days. By one estimation there are a quarter of a million notes in the work, meaning that he averaged 15 notes a minute, 10 hours a day--every one of them exquisite. This magnificent work will return to Gig Harbor at 7:30 p.m. on December 14 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian in Gig Harbor; a second performance will be held the next day at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma.

It’s widely agreed that Handel was fascinating by exploring human feelings and experiences in his work. Messiah is his musical depiction of the human experience of the divine, according to critics.

Today, Messiah is the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work. Originally intended for Easter season, Messiah is now closely associated with Christmas. Audience members customarily stand during its most well-known segment, the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The establishment of this practice is attributed to King George II, who according to legend leapt to his feet when he first heard it. (In actual fact, there is no evidence he ever attended a performance.)

Tickets to Messiah are $30 for general admission and $48 for VIP reserved seating, and can be purchased at or call 591-5894 or 800-291-7593. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Broadway Center Box Office, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Messiah is sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health and Connelly Law Offices.

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