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Messiah to Fill Peristyle with Joyful Sounds of the Season

Published: 11/28/2011 7:00 am By: Katie Warchol

The sounds of the season once again come alive at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle with Handel’s Messiah.

Performed each year in partnership with the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Choral Society and BGSU University Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah is a mainstay in Toledo’s Christmas traditions. The performances take place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, 2011.

More than 2,000 people attended last year’s performance, which features such recognizable and powerful arrangements of the “Great Amen” and “Hallelujah” chorus. The more than 250-year-old piece still resonates today as full orchestra and singers collide for one singular celebration of Christmas.

Sunday’s performance is special for those acquainted with the Toledo Zoo’s “Music Under the Stars” concerts, as Sam Szor returns to conduct the performance. Szor’s recent health concerns has limited his time spent with the Orchestra, making Sunday’s performance a rare treat for audience members and performers alike.

Handel’s Messiah takes place at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Dec. 3 and 4, 2011. Saturday’s performance is at 8 p.m., conducted by Mark Munson, and Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m., conducted by Sam Szor. Tickets are $25 and $30. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.