Handel’s “Messiah”

Be inspired by coming to Chicago’s Harris Theatre to see Handel’s “Messiah” as performed by the famed Apollo Chorus, December 16-17, and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park!

Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the greatest classical music compositions of all time. You don’t have to be religious to embrace the powerful music. Legend has it that in 1741George Frederic Handel was taking a stroll with a friend when he suddenly stopped, clasped his head in his hands and shouted, “I am seeing God,” over and over again. He hurried back to his living quarters and composed the entire masterpiece within weeks, eschewing food and other comforts. King George is said to have stood for the “Hallelujah Chorus,” starting a tradition that goes on to this day.

The Apollo Chorus of Chicago is the area’s premier volunteer chorus. Its over 120 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races, creeds, and occupations brought together by their abiding love of music. The voices of college students blend seamlessly with the voices of retirees who have belonged to Apollo for over fifty years. The singers’ dedication, artistry, and passion produce performances of unrivalled majesty.

The Harris Theatre is located at 205 East Randolph Street in Millennium Park, just above the famed “Bean.” For tickets, go online to https://my.harristheaterchicago. org/single/SYOS.aspx?p=8202 and follow the prompts.

Make your Handel’s “Messiah” experience even more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.