CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa. Or Christmas trees. Or mistletoe.


Tenor Matthew Dean sings the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” from inside the back porch of his Oak Park, Illinois, home during a Zoom session with members of the Rockefeller Chapel Choir on Nov. 19.

The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.”


Members of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago perform in 2018 during “Messiah” at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

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