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A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
IgorGeiger / iStockphoto.com

The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Handel's 'Messiah'

Dec 11, 2018
Jon Christopher Meyers

New York Philharmonic
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
Gachinger Kantorei, Stuttgart; Annette Dash, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Taylor, tenor; Shenyang, bass.

Handel: Messiah

Listen Thursday December 13 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain

Art is everywhere and always has been. It lines the walls of museums, buildings and caves. It fills our halls and ears with sound and music. It captures the eye with beautiful movement and imagery. Art doesn’t just express our passions and history; it defines, influences and shapes culture and civilization.

Fred Collins / www.kalichstein-laredo-robinson-trio.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

Sibelius: Valse triste
Honegger: Pastorale d'ete
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op.56

Listen Wednesday December 12 at 8 p.m.

Marco Borggreve / www.kirillgerstein.com

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Orama, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano; Men of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C, Op. 52
Busoni: Piano Concerto in C, with Men's Chorus, Op. 39

Listen Sunday December 9 at 1 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 Jupiter
Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

Listen Wednesday December 5 at 8 p.m.

U.S. Public Domain - collage by James Stewart

When my kids were infants I remember being told to be sure and play music for them during the day, at naptime and while they were asleep. The music had to be Mozart. Mozart was the key to making them smarter. Maybe you’ve heard of this before, the so-called “Mozart Effect.”

Anne Ryan

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Songs  (Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano; Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 1 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Schubert: Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for full symphony orchestra by Andy Stein

Listen Wednesday November 28 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 21 at 8 p.m.

Michael Ahearn

Oregon Symphony
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Natasha Paremski, piano

Stravinsky: Fireworks
Paul Schoenfeld: Four Parables
Holst: The Planets
Piston: The Incredible Flutist

Listen Friday November 16 at 8 p.m.

Steven J. Sherman / www.cmartists.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Andre Watts, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor

Listen Wednesday November 14 at 8 p.m.


Los Angeles Philharmonic
Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductor
Gidon Kremer, violin; Janai Brugger, soprano

Messiaen: Un Sourire
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Violin Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Listen Friday November 9 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian

Listen Wednesday November 7 at 8 p.m.

Tina Gutierrez / www.jenniferjolley.com

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Sibelius: Suite Mignonne
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing (world premiere commission)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

Listen Wednesday October 31 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor and violin

Pierre Jalbert: Autumn Rhapsody
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Listen Wednesday October 24 at 8 p.m.

Justin Pomfrey / Decca

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Listen Friday October 19 at 8 p.m.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano; Jennifer Montone, horn

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat

Listen Wednesday October 17 at 8 p.m.


The Minnesota Orchestra, led by Osmo Vanska, visits South Africa to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.  The program includes the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.  Get the details.

Listen Friday October 12 at 8 p.m.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Listen Wednesday October 10 at 8 p.m.