Not the same old Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah, an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, has become one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

  • Thursday, November 26, 2015 1:00pm
  • Life

Dancers rehearse part of Act 1 at the Francia Russell Center in Bellevue on Nov. 20.

Handel’s Messiah, an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, has become one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. This vast story depicts through music Jesus Christ’s Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. Traditionally performed as either an opera or a ballet, this performance presented by City Opera Ballet, is different because it incorporates both.

Originally, George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs.

City Opera Ballet of Bellevue is a newly created organization that brings together Ballet Bellevue, Orchestra Bellevue and Bellevue City Opera. All this talent has been brought together to create a truly memorable Messiah. Guest Artistic Director and Choreographer, Sayoko Knode together with Music Director and Conductor Laureate, Philip Tschopp, deliver the full menu of emotions in this most famous and beautiful work. This is a unique opportunity to experience Handel’s Messiah presented with so much music and motion on one stage at the same time.

This production of Handel’s Messiah will be opening the holiday season at the newly remodeled Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue, with performances on November 28th and 29th. Tickets are available online at For more information please call 425-455-1345.


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