Two takes on the enduring Messiah

Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail

Messiah endures. At a time when it’s desperate to stave off marginalized status, Messiah is about the closest the classical world gets to mainstream culture these days. The Hallelujah Chorus is right up there with White Christmas and The Christmas Song as a holiday classic. Everyone knows Messiah. Between the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Tafelmusik, there are 10 sold-out performances of the oratorio this month in the city. Messiah endures.

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