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Performing Arts Center to present Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The UGA Performing Arts Center will present a rare complete performance of Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The concert will feature The Knights chamber orchestra from New York and the UGA Hodgson Singers along with four professional soloists. The program will open with The Knights performing Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.

Tickets for the concert are $32-$47 and are discounted for UGA students. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400.

The New York Times has praised The Knights for their “polished performances and imaginative programming,” and the Los Angeles Times called them “the future of classical music in America.”

Founded by the Jacobsen brothers, violinist Colin and cellist Eric, The Knights have collaborated with a list of music superstars. The ensemble will return to Athens in February as chamber orchestra in residence with a Masterworks series concert and special educational programs for area schoolchildren.

Under the direction of Daniel Bara, the UGA Hodgson Singers were the 2014 Grand Prix winners of the International Choral Competition Ave Verum in Salzburg, Austria. The Hodgson Singers will be joined by four professional soloists for Messiah: soprano Molly Quinn, countertenor Reginald Mobley, tenor Kyle Stegall and bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton.