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144th Annual Handel’s Messiah: University Choral Union (University Musical Society).:

Dec. 3 & 4. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Sherezade Panthaki, tenor Miles Mykkanen, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, and bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the “Hallelujah” Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS. On Saturday only, the concert is preceded at 6:30 p.m. in the lower lobby by “The Society for Disobedient Listeners,” an “anti-lecture” presented by Chicago-based music writer and violist Doyle Armbrust that explores the background of the evening’s program. 8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17–$43 (students, $12–$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.

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