Winston-Salem Symphony to perform 17th annual concert of Handel’s “Messiah”

The orchestra and chorus will invite guest soloists to the Christmastime performance.


“The Trumpet Shall Sound” is in the third and final part of the oratorio.

Photo courtesy of Evan Vorhis via Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony will perform George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Tuesday, Dec. 12. It will be the first time Music Director Michelle Merrill has conducted the symphony’s performance of the classic.

This year’s concert will be at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. Tickets range from $29-$95 (plus tax + fees) and are available to buy online or through the symphony box office.

The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus will be featured — along with guest soloists Ashley Fabian (soprano), Leah Wool (mezzo-soprano), Gene Stenger (tenor) and Michael Hix (bass).

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. The most needed items include:

  • peanut butter
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned meats and fish
  • canned or dried beans
  • brown rice
  • cereal
  • spices

Volunteers will collect the donations before patrons enter the chapel. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.