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

ENTER-MUS-CORONAVIRUS-HDY-MESSIAH-1-TB

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.”

ENTER-MUS-CORONAVIRUS-HDY-MESSIAH-2-TB

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

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.