‘Tis the Season: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at the Kennedy Center This Weekend

Handel's "Messiah"

Voices carry: "Messiah" is probably Handel's most famous effort, with the "Hallelujah chorus" being a particular favorite with many listeners. (HerryLawford via Flickr)

At ApartmentShowcase.com, we’re cultural omnivores, touting lowbrow (or at least middlebrow) and high culture equally. The apartment renter in Washington, D.C., gets it all.

This month, we’ve dipped into a little of both (or all three, depending on your perspective or from what side of the mattress you arose this morning).

Definitely in the high category is Handel’s “Messiah,” which is being performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom (which, incidentally, may be the city’s most colorful neighborhood name, even if it is a bit racy!).

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Messiah” is running from December 15 to 18. The performance on Thursday the 15th starts at 7:00 p.m., and Friday (16th) and Saturday (17th) each feature a starting time of 8:00 p.m.; Sunday the 18th is a matinee, with a 1:00 p.m. performance.

Tickets range from $20 to $85. As always, the sooner you secure the ducats, the better.

An epic masterpiece, this oratorio – basically, a symphony with choral accompaniment – is George Frideric Handel’s most famous work about the life of Jesus Christ, first performed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742. Conductor Matthew Halls leads soprano Kiera Duffy, counter-tenor Matthew Shaw, tenor James Gilchrist, bass-baritone Neal Davies and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in the performance.

The Kennedy Center is located a short walk from the Foggy Bottom-GWU stop on Metro’s Blue/Orange Line.

Come out and support the arts.