Few pieces can deliver a fresh perspective each time they are heard. Handel's Messiah is one of those works that yields a new secret on every hearing. Composed in 1741, it reportedly was a favorite work of Beethoven for its "sublimity of language." For modern listeners, it holds a place of reverence in the canon for its universal appeal and moments of timeless expression.
Ragnar Bohlin conductor
Joélle Harvey soprano
Jennifer Johnson-Cano mezzo-soprano
Andrew Stenson tenor
Michael Sumuel bass-baritone… Show more
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Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions. Under Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), the SFS presents more than 220 concerts and presentations annually for an audience of nearly 600,000 in its home of Davies Symphony Hall, in other Bay Area venues, and through an active national and international touring program....
Ragnar Bohlin assumed his post as Director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in March of 2007. He has worked frequently with The Swedish Radio Choir, the Ericson Chamber Choir and the Opera Chorus of Stockholm....
The San Francisco Symphony is one of the few major U.S. orchestras with its own chorus and the SFS Chorus is recognized internationally as one of America’s finest. Established in 1972 at the request of Seiji Ozawa, the Symphony’s Music Director, the 155-member Chorus today gives a minimum of twenty-six performances each season and has sung under many of the world’s leading conductors, including Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, SFS Conductor Laureate Herbert Blomstedt, Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Robert Shaw....
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