Handel's Messiah


Hear this famous piece the way Handel’s audience might have – with a small group of singers and period instruments.


About this Program

Celebrate the Christmas Season by experiencing an intimate performance of Part 1 of Handel’s Messiah in a setting not unlike where Handel gave the first performance in Dublin in 1742. Written for small chorus and orchestra, the Messiah of Handel’s era bears little resemblance to most modern performances featuring large forces.

Our 30-voice Chamber Choir will present G. F. Handel’s iconic work (part 1, plus the Hallelujah Chorus), joined by ten members of The NC Baroque Orchestra playing original or replicas of instruments used in Handel’s time.

This celebrated annual collaboration offers a unique presentation of the Messiah, set in the intimate space of the Halle Center.


The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N Salem Street
Apex, NC


Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018


Concert Singers of Cary Chamber Choir
With The NC Baroque Orchestra

Nathan Leaf, Conductor
Elizabeth Terry Joyner, Soprano
Jennifer Beattie, Mezzo Soprano
Aaron Carlyle, Tenor
Wes Everett, Baritone

Our Guest Artists

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO) provides opportunities for musicians and vocalists interested in exploring baroque performance in a chamber orchestra setting.

In addition, the NCBO provides audiences who may be new to baroque music, an opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments in a vigorous and exciting way, in an intimate and casual setting.

The NCBO maintains a goal of refined, stylistic and fun performances, engaging both the players and the audience members in the stories and historical context behind the music. This un-intimidating atmosphere enriches our community as a whole by providing life-long learning opportunities through experiencing historically-informed Baroque music.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Concert Singers of Cary
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Avenue
Cary, NC 27511

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