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Handel’s Messiah

Dec 13 - Dec 17


Presented by Gary W. Parr

Join the NY Phil holiday tradition, the Messiah of Messiahs! Dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing combine to make this oratorio the musical crown of the season. Baroque specialist Masaaki Suzuki conducts. 

Handel’s Messiah


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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


2 Hours 15 Minutes with Intermission

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  • Masaaki Suzuki


    Masaaki Suzuki, considered a leading authority on the works of J.S. Bach, founded the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990; he still serves as its music director, taking the ensemble regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States. He also works with renowned period ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent and Philharmonia Baroque in addition to conducting modern-instrument orchestras in works by composers as diverse as Britten, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Stravinsky.

    Last season Mr. Suzuki made debuts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra. Highlights with Bach Collegium Japan included 20th anniversary concerts in Tokyo, a visit to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and a U.S. tour that included an appearance at Carnegie Hall. His 2011–12 season engagements include the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Melbourne Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. In 2012 Bach Collegium Japan embarks on a European tour and festival appearances.

    Mr. Suzuki is recording Bach's complete works for harpsichord and as well as Bach's major choral works and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan, with almost 50 volumes completed (on the BIS label). In 2010 he and the ensemble received a Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and a Diapason d'Or de l'Année for their recording of Bach motets, which in 2011 was also honored with a BBC Music Magazine Award. In April 2001 he was decorated with Das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik from Germany.

    Born in Kobe, Japan, Masaaki Suzuki graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with a degree in composition and organ performance, and went on to study harpsichord and organ at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee. In addition to conducting, Mr. Suzuki continues to perform as organist and harpsichordist. Founder and head of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he is currently Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, as well as the conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum.

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  • Sherezade Panthaki


    Soprano Sherezade Panthaki has developed ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters, including Nicholas McGegan, Nicholas Kraemer, Mark Morris, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in 2013. Celebrated particularly for her early-music expertise, in the music of Bach and Handel, her recent seasons have included returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Mark Morris Dance Group, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue New York, and The Choir and Orchestra of Trinity Wall Street, as well as debuts with NDR Hannover Radiophilharmonie and Voices of Music, and Love and Revenge: The Baroque Diva, an operatic recital with the Helicon Ensemble at Caramoor Music Festival.

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  • Reginald Mobley


    Countertenor Reginald Mobley — highly sought after for Baroque, Classical, and modern repertoire —became the first ever programming consultant for the Handel and Haydn Society in March 2020. He is a regular guest with Cantata Collective, Musica Angelica, Agave Baroque, Charlotte Bach Akademie, Seraphic Fire, Quodlibet, Pacific Music Works, Bach Collegium San Diego, San Francisco Early Music Society, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. His recent engagements have included concerts and recordings with Opera Lafayette, Blue Heron, Chatham Baroque, and Washington Bach Consort.

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  • Leif Aruhn-Solén


    At home in both opera and oratorio, Leif Aruhn-Solén has a particular interest in music from the early Baroque period through Mozart. Recent engagements include the title-role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for Göteborg Baroque, Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea for New Belgrade Opera, Rinaldo in Rossini’s Armida with Sydney’s Pinchgut Opera, the Evangelist in staged performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for Opera Queensland in Brisbane, and the role of Gandhi in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha in an acclaimed production by the Stockholm Folkoperan. On the concert stage he has performed both as the Evangelist and tenor soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions and Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Mass in B minor,  Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah, performed most recently with the San Francisco Symphony.  

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  • Jonathon Adams


    Born in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Canada), Jonathon Adams is an Indigenous (Cree-Métis) baritone. In concert, they have appeared as a soloist with Sigiswald Kuijken, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmut Rilling, Václav Luks, Ensemble BachPlus, Vox Luminis, il Gardellino, and B’Rock Orchestra at Opera-Ballet Flanders. In 2021 Adams was named the first ever artist-in-residence at Early Music Vancouver.

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  • Handel and Haydn Society Chorus


    Boston’s Grammy Award–winning Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) performs Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, vitality, and creativity that inspires all ages. H+H has been captivating audiences for 207 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States), speaking to its singular success at converting new audiences to this extraordinary music, generation after generation.

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