Duke Chapel will virtually host its 88th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, one of the oldest and most beloved musical traditions at Duke University.
Virtual tickets are available at no cost through the Duke Box Office.
This year’s Messiah program will blend live performances of arias and recitatives with virtual, sing-along choruses created from recordings from last year’s concerts. The online program will include all of Part I—the Christmas portion—plus the “Hallelujah” chorus.
In offering this year’s re-imagined presentation of Messiah, Dr. Zebulon Highben, the chapel music director and a professor at Duke Divinity School, said the music takes on added meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. “Music and art in general can offer hope at a time when everyone is feeling the strain and the stress of the pandemic,” he said. “And, Messiah in particular has such strong themes of hope for a weary world, as it retells the story of God’s enduring promise of salvation.”