Boston Baroque celebrates the Holidays with annual Messiah and New Year’s concerts

Featuring a return to in-person audiences at three beloved local venues and continuing to welcome streaming audiences around the world

BOSTON, MA—Boston Baroque’s 50th season continues with a return to two programs that have become beloved holiday traditions for many: Handel’s Messiah and a New Year’s Celebration. This year, audiences near and far will have the opportunity to join Boston Baroque for the holidays, as we welcome both in-person audiences and virtual audiences around the world via livestream on IDAGIO.

This year’s Messiah performances will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm at GBH’s Calderwood Studio, and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The Saturday 7:30pm performance will be streamed live on IDAGIO, and available to rent on-demand for 30 days following the stream.

Music Director Martin Pearlman’s GRAMMY®-nominated interpretation of Handel’s Messiah will be performed in its entirety with all three parts with an intermission. This year’s performances will feature an all-star cast of soloists, including the return of soprano Heidi Stober, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, and tenor Thomas Cooley to the Boston Baroque stage, and the Boston Baroque debut of baritone Sidney Outlaw.

The New Year’s Celebration performances will take place on Saturday, December 31st at 8pm at GBH’s Calderwood Studio, and Sunday, January 1st at 3pm at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. The 8pm performance on December 31st will be streamed live on IDAGIO.

Music Director Martin Pearlman will lead Boston Baroque’s renown orchestra in an hourlong program with no intermission. The program includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 and his Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Telemann’s Concerto in E minor for Recorder and Flute featuring soloists Aldo Abreu, recorder, and Joseph Monticello, flute, and Vivaldi’s motet “O qui coeli” with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Livestream director Matthew Principe will take the helm for both programs, in partnership with GBH’s Production Group, bringing a sumptuous concert experience online with carefully crafted camera angles and dynamic lighting. Through our streaming partnership with IDAGIO, Boston Baroque performances have been streamed on 5 continents across 17 countries over the last year.

Safety will remain a top priority for both musicians and audience members. All patrons are required to self-attest that they are fully vaccinated and boosted with a COVID-19 vaccine. A CDC-approved mask must be worn at all times in all areas indoors, and Boston Baroque strongly recommends using an N95, KN95, or double-masking with a disposable surgical mask.

Both in-person and livestream tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling the Box Office at (617) 987-8600. Livestream tickets begin at $9, and in-person tickets range from $25-$125. The virtual performance will become available to stream on-demand 30 days after the live air date, with on-demand rentals beginning at $9.

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