Handel Messiah & Tchaikovsky Nutcracker

December 25, 2022, 8:00 pm

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Sir Georg Solti
Sir Georg Solti

Eighth music director Sir Georg Solti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar cast of soloists (including soprano Kiri Te Kanawa) in the Christmas portion of Handel‘s Messiah. Next, the CSO Brass performs music by Gabrieli, and sixth music director Fritz Reiner closes this holiday celebration with selections from Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker ballet.


Handel: Messiah, Part 1
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Anne Gjevang, contralto; Keith Lewis, tenor; Gwynne Howell, bass-baritone; David Schrader, harpsichord; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis, director; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Gabrieli/Crees: Sacrae Smphoniae No. 6, Sonata Pian e forte
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass; Mark Ridenour, conductor

Gabrieli/Crees: Canzon duodecimi toni à 10
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Gabrieli/Block: Canzon septimi toni à 8 (No. 2)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Fritz Reiner, conductor