As the 12 days of Christmas approach, holiday burnout looms large: Santa Claus at the mall, Santa Claus at the parade, Christmas trees on top of and in front of buildings, the radio's constant stream of singalong carols and twinkly lights hanging from nearly every corner of the city.
Half of the problem with the season is the tackiness factor. From the white doll hair adorning the mall Santa's face to made-in-China plastic ornaments adorning made-in-China plastic Christmas trees, the season has none of the deep snow, blazing fireplaces and perfectly fitting sweaters you see in the commercials.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Morrison Center will host a performance of Handel's Messiah, a profoundly un-tacky traditional Christmas event that may just redeem the season—at least for one night. The concert will showcase the works of Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz and Master Chorale Music Director Jim Jirak, with guest solos from Maire O'Brien, Korby Myrick, Matt Morgan and Troy Cook.
Though it was originally composed as an Easter offering, Messiah has become a Christmas favorite because of its strong religious themes. Since its debut in 1742, the oratorio has awed audiences with its piercing lyrics and striking arrangement of string overtures and vocal solos.
Messiah offers all the goodness of Christmas without any of the sugar- (or plastic-) coated pretense.