The Greatest of Oratorios

Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

Music Center at Strathmore
North Bethesda, MD

George Frideric Handel
Messiah, HWV 56

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Sonya Headlam

Sonya Headlam

Patrick Dailey

Patrick Dailey

Dann Coakwell

Dann Coakwell

Jonathan Woody

Jonathan Woody

Although today Handel’s Messiah brings to mind the Christmas season, audiences at the first London performances heard it during Lent, which is when the Washington Bach Consort will perform this most popular of oratorios. Messiah has never lost its charm, and the Consort breathes life into this work in a way that proves its enduring appeal. We return to Strathmore for this glorious work.


Sonya Headlam, soprano; Patrick Dailey, countertenor; Dann Coakwell, tenor; Jonathan Woody, bass

Read the Program Notes

Running time: 180 minutes, including intermission

Join us for Talking Bach at 2:45 p.m. The series of free pre-concert lectures by noted Bach scholar, Michael Marissen, are presented one hour before Director’s Series performances. Learn More»

Shannon & Jim Davis, Tamera Luzzatto, and Charles Reifel & Janie Kinney, underwriters


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