MUST DO: 2021 FREE Do-It-Yourself Messiah in Chicago – December 19

Are you in the Christmas spirit? Well, make plans for the FREE Do-It-Yourself Messiah in Chicago at Christmastime 2021, which takes place annually at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago – 55 E. Wacker Drive on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.  (click at bottom for more info). The event brings together a world-class conductor and soloists, an all-volunteer orchestra, and thousands of audience members as the chorus.

If you have never done this then DO IT THIS YEAR!  The Do-It-Yourself Messiah celebrates its 46th year of a beloved Chicago holiday tradition. 1,500 amateur choristers—you, the public—join an orchestra and world-class conductor/soloists at each performance to sing Handel’s masterpiece under the direction of Maestro Stanley Sperber. Bring your score and come sing! Not suitable for children under 6.


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Celebrating its 46th year, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah will take place on on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

The music of Handel comes to life in Chicago every Christmas with his magnificent Messiah performed by an audience of thousands, featuring world-class soloists and a full orchestra of local amateur and professional musicians, all volunteering their time and talent.

This season marks the 46th year of The Do-It-Yourself Messiah. This Chicago tradition began when the late Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, brought to America the musical heritage of the parishioners of a small country church in southern England. You – the chorus, the conductor, the soloists, and the orchestra – will fill this hall with glorious sounds first heard in the New Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, Dublin, in 1742.



Do-It-Yourself Messiah is generously supported by:

Philip and Judy Nussbaum Family Trust

Chicago Sunday Evening Club

National Endowment for the Arts

Illinois Arts Council


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