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Celebrate the Season with ‘Handel’s Messiah’

Conductor Aram Demirjian, soprano Yulia Van Doren, mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky, tenor Matthew White and bass David Crawford join the Orchestra for a holiday tradition.

A Music City holiday tradition returns to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as Knoxville Symphony Orchestra conductor Aram Demirjian makes his debut with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus for three performances of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, December 8, 9 and 11. 

The Symphony’s annual Messiah performances are considered Nashville’s grandest presentation of Handel’s enduring and beloved masterpiece. With the resounding “Hallelujah” Chorus as the centerpiece, the libretto and glorious score recount the Old Testament stories of Luke of the annunciation of the shepherds of the birth of Christ, his passion and death, and the resurrection and ascension.

Four esteemed soloists join the Nashville Symphony and Chorus for this inspirational seasonal favorite – soprano Yulia Van Doren, mezzo-soprano Sofia Selowsky, tenor Matthew White and bass David Crawford.

“Of all of the Nashville Symphony’s holiday traditions, Handel’s Messiah, for many, is the ultimate spiritual expression of the Christmas season,” said Tucker Biddlecombe, Chorus Director of Nashville Symphony Orchestra. “The Schermerhorn provides the perfect majestic and reverential atmosphere for the telling of this miraculous story – an experience that is truly not to be missed.”

Great seats are available starting at $29 (while supplies last, additional fees apply), and the Symphony’s Soundcheck program offers $10 tickets to students in K-12, college, and graduate school.

About the Handel’s Messiah program

Performance Details:
Nashville Symphony & Chorus
Aram Demirjian, conductor
Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano
Matthew White, tenor
David Crawford, bass
Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center | 1 Symphony Place | Nashville, TN

Handel – Messiah

Full program notes and artist bios can be found at


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.