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The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Handel's "Messiah" for the first time in three years.

SHEBOYGAN – For the first time since before the pandemic, the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” The holiday favorite will be resurrected on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m at the Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance, which is being dubbed “Messiah Returns,” will also be the first “Messiah” led by the SSO's new Musical Director Ernesto Estigarribia, who was chosen as the symphony’s conductor in June. “This will be a fantastic performance, full of energy, a must-see,” said Estigarribia, who will provide details about the classic in a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in the theater.

This year’s presentation of “Messiah” will feature several renowned regional soloists, including:

Kristin Knutson, soprano – Knutson performs regularly in Chicago and Milwaukee, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic.

Karen Leigh-Post, alto – Leigh-Post is a Professor of Music and the Voice Department Chair at Lawrence University.

Steve Sieck, tenor – Sieck is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at Lawrence.

Aaron Wardell, bass – Wardell performs with numerous Chicago-area opera groups, including Haymarket Opera.

“Messiah Returns” will also have opportunities for audience participation, with sing-alongs on the most popular choruses, including “And the Glory of the Lord,” “Glory to God,” “Worthy is the Lamb” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“Messiah,” which was composed by Handel in 1741, highlights Old Testament prophecies about the coming of a Messiah, the birth of Jesus Christ, and his resurrection and ascension. It includes three musical forms: recitatives citing specific Bible passages, arias (vocal solos) and four-part, large-group choruses.

To purchase tickets, visit or call The Weill Center at 920-208-3243.

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