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Handel’s Messiah

December 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

Friday, December 17 | 7:30 pm
St. Charles Borromeo Church
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Tess Altiveros, soprano
Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano
John Marzano, tenor
Zachary Lenox, bass
Tickets: $30-$48
Perhaps the world’s most well-known and beloved choral work, George Frederick Handel’s Messiah has transcended its time and place to become a “work of the people” shared by audiences and musicians around the world. This performance will be conducted by Sarah Ioannides and performed by the talented Symphony Tacoma orchestra and vocalists of Symphony Tacoma Voices—and is a tribute to Symphony Tacoma’s first-ever performance in 1946!
Originally a feature of the Easter holiday, Messiah has become a Christmas season classic. “After all, what is Christmas without the Messiah?” said Music Director Sarah Ioannides. “Two hundred and eighty years since its inception, it has stood the test of time within our community. Last year when we could not gather, we produced the virtual program, A Messiah for Our Time. This year, the musicians of Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices are excited to perform it live again as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this organization.”
Featured soloists include Tess Altiveros, soprano; Laurel Semerdjian, mezzo-soprano; John Marzano, tenor; and Zachary Lenox, bass. The 70-member Symphony Tacoma Voices includes professional singers and gifted amateurs who perform regularly in concert with Symphony Tacoma and in stand-alone engagements.
In compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, this year’s performance will be abbreviated to include two 45-minute segments and a 20-minute intermission.
Tickets ($30 for general admission and $48 for reserved seating) are available through the Symphony Tacoma Box Office at symphonytacoma.org or 253-272-7264.
Symphony Tacoma’s 2021-2022 season is generously sponsored by MultiCare and Tacoma Creates. Holiday Favorites is sponsored by Columbia Bank, Frank Tobey Jones, Stadium Thriftway, Charles Wright Academy and Showcase Magazine. Messiah is sponsored by Connelly Law, Pace Dermatology and DP&C.
Building community through music. Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition for 75 years, Symphony Tacoma annually performs concerts for nearly 20,000 citizens and provides education programs for 7,000 children and adults in Pierce County and the Greater Puget Sound region. The orchestra comprises more than 80 professional musicians and a volunteer chorus of 70. Music Director Sarah Ioannides is renowned for her passionate conducting, creativity, arts collaboration, and commitment to innovation and diversity, making Symphony Tacoma a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape. symphonytacoma.org
Symphony Tacoma is committed to providing a safe and healthy concert environment for audiences, musicians and staff for the 2021-2022 Season. All patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or results of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert date. Patrons will also be required to wear a mask while attending Symphony Tacoma performances, whether or not they have been vaccinated. Please visit symphonytacoma.org for updated information.


December 17, 2021
7:30 pm
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