We welcomed the holidays with two performances of selections from Handel’s beloved masterwork., one on Friday, December 1, one on Saturday, December 2, both in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Christmas Messiah also included arrangements of “Joy to the World,” “Still, Still, Still,” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” as well as Jennifer Higdon’s ethereal “O Magnum Mysterium.”

The concert featured our 100-voice chorus and chamber orchestra conducted by artistic director Peter Steenblik. In addition, it showcased four of Pensacola Opera’s Jan Miller Studio Artists as soloists, three from this season (soprano Nicole Heinen, Mezzo-soprano Alexandra Sanchez, and baritone Bernardo Medeiros) and one from last (tenor Randy Ho).

Graphic: John Medzerian