Handel's Messiah

Two Performances

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:00pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:00pm


Bask in Handel’s inspiring Messiah while surrounded by candlelight and Calvary’s magnificent Tiffany stained-glass masterpieces.

The Calvary Festival Choir will be fresh back from performing at Carnegie Hall, New York City in the DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) Messiah Concert Thanksgiving Weekend 2018.

This will be our eighth year bringing this Calvary tradition to the Pittsburgh area.  We have added a second concert this year to accommodate the growing audience.  We appreciate you allowing us to expand this program!

We will be performing the “Christmas” portion of Messiah.  Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns conducts the event which includes popular regional soloists, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the area’s most accomplished instrumentalists, and the Festival Choir.  David Bridge, a past conductor and organist, is at the parlor organ and Calvary’s restored 1895 Farrand & Votey organ.  The concert is followed by a cookie reception in the Victorian Chapel.

The concert is family-friendly – each child 12 and under will receive an activity pack.  This concert is also a sing-along.  As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing along on each of the choruses sung by the Festival Choir.
We also offer this concert in support of outreach ministries on Pittsburgh’s Northside. This year, as in years past, we ask audience members to bring non-perishable food items and extra shopping tote bags for Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry.  Also, tickets are given to neighborhood schools, smaller churches, and groups such as Tickets for Kids.

It’s a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season, and we invite everyone to join in and sing for the joy of it!

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