- $15 for one ticket to Portland Chamber Orchestra’s Messiah/Judas Maccabeus (up to $27.25 value)
- General admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
Venues and Showtimes
- At St. Henry Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m.
- At St. Andrew Catholic Church on Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The Choral Arts Ensemble, led by David De Lyser, joins the Portland Chamber Orchestra for a holiday concert featuring two of Handel’s oratorios.
- Handel—Messiah: Best known for the soul-shaking “Hallelujah” chorus at its heart, Handel’s Messiah meditates on the first Christmas with English lyrics drawn from the King James Bible and Book of Common Prayer. A holiday favorite for its joyful reverence, rich orchestration, and emotional resonance, the oratorio is also known for its malleability. The conductors who perform habitually it bend and trim it to their whim, creating pieces that are uniquely their own.
- Handel—Judas Maccabaeus: Written five years after the composer’s immortal Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus is a three-part journey through the story of Chanukah. The work tracks a time of changing attitudes among the people of Judea, starting from a period of mourning as they grieve their deceased leader Mattathias. It then transitions into the joy of victory as they face down an invading foe, fear at the promise of revenge, and ultimate triumph.
Portland Chamber Orchestra
Although Portland Chamber Orchestra's founding conductor Boris Sirpo may have had rather traditional tastes, much has changed since those nascent 1947 days. Under the baton of Yaacov Bergman, the ensemble's modern incarnation emphasizes a more experimental approach, spicing up programs of Beethoven and Brahms classics by pairing them with more multimedia arts or replacing the violins with air horns. So a concert of Haydn and Mozart might be spiked with a world premiere from Jan Jirasek, and a Halloween-themed performance of Liszt classics might find new life by joining a retelling of Frankenstein from the monster's perspective.