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CSO's Messiah Kicks Off Holiday Fun


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CSO Messiah

Once Halloween is over, you know that the holidays cometh. And, we all love that first event, that kicks those warm the-holidays-are-coming feelings into gear. Yes, you can hear Christmas music on the radio now. But, did you know that the Columbus Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah this weekend?

The Columbus Symphony, led by Music Director Rossen Milanov performs Handel’s beloved oratorio in its entirety for the first time since 2010. They are joined by guest soprano Alexandra Razskazoff, guest mezzo-soprano Siena Licht Miller, guest tenor Jonas Marcel Hacker and guest bass-baritone Andrew Bogard. Plus, if you show up early (7 p.m.), enjoy a pre-concert discussion about the work with Christopher Purdy.

CSO Messiah Performance Details

  • November 9 - 10, 8 p.m.
  • Ohio Theatre
  • Tickets start at $10 through CAPA Ticket Center, by phone at 614-469-0939 or
  • Pre-game with a delicious dinner downtown; check the Downtown Concierge for restaurant ideas

Handel composed Messiah in 1741 in a mere three to four week period. A reflection on Jesus as the Messiah, he intended it as an Easter performance in the spring of 1742. But it evolved into a Christmas favorite, as well as one of the most frequently performed choral works. Though like an opera, there are no characters or direct speech.

CSO also encourages you to share thanks this month of Thanksgiving. If you wish you could thank someone who has made a difference in your life recently or in the past, take this chance to let them know. Make a gift of $50 or more to the Columbus Symphony in November and email a short description or photo of the person you wish to recognize to Then, CSO will include as many posts as possible through their Facebook page, website and email blasts.  Get giving this holiday season.