Handel’s Messiah

Piotr Gajewski, conductor
with The Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Saturday, December 16, 2023 · 7:30 pm

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This concert also takes place at Strathmore on December 17 at 3 p.m.

National Philharmonic presents a new and novel semi-staged dramatic rendering of Handel’s Messiah, reimagined by Maestro Piotr Gajewski to usher in the start of your holiday season. From the triumphant “Hallelujah” chorus to the hauntingly beautiful “He Shall Feed His Flock,” this timeless oratorio has captivated audiences for over 250 years.

This season, NatPhil reenvisions Handel’s masterpiece, drawing on the storytelling of all-star soloists soprano Aundi Marie Moore, mezzo soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Norman Shankle, and baritone Jorell Williams, under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski, who takes over conducting duties for this annual NatPhil presentation. The four outstanding soloists will move about freely in front of the orchestra, and interact with the audience as they tell the story of the Messiah. 

NatPhil acknowledges the recent discovery of Handel’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is dedicated to continuing the conversation around the performance of his works. A portion of ticket sales revenue will be dedicated to benefiting African American charities in our community.

Why We Love This Concert

  • Handel's Messiah is the quintessential holiday masterpiece to get you in the spirit!
  • The Messiah is one of the most accessible and recognizable pieces of music for listeners of any age, making it a family holiday favorite.
  • Maestro Piotr Gajewski's reimagination of this classic work breathes new life into the story of the Messiah, showcasing the incredible talent of four esteemed soloists. 
  • You've heard the "Hallelujah" chorus in commercials, movies, shows, and other media. Now is your opportunity to listen to the full work!



George Frideric Handel, Messiah, HWV 56


Guest Artists

Aundi Marie Moore
Norman Shankle
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Lucia Bradford
Mezzo Soprano
Jorell Williams

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