As a musician, and especially as a singer, Handel's Messiah has always been an important part of Christmas. I have often participated in the choir or as a soloist in these productions. And even if for some reason I don't do that, I at least go to see one. Christmas just isn't Christmas without that beautiful music.
When Joel and I were first married we used to go with our good friends, the Fletchers, up to the Utah Symphony to see it. It was tradition, even when Mary Beth was big and pregnant and due any second, we went. They just packed along her hospital bag, just in case. Then we all graduated and went our separate ways, but I sure wish we could go with them again!
This year, I am a soloist (I am singing "Comfort Ye"--I know, it's weird-- and the soprano recits) and also participating in the choir.
For those of you in the area, we have two performances: Tonight and tomorrow night (December 13 and 14) at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Center. It is free, but you have to have a ticket because it is so popular. I have two extra tickets for tonight...let me know if you want them, especially because Sunday is usually the more crowded of the two performances.