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NC Symphony Classical Series: Handel's Messiah

When: Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m. 2014

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL, RALEIGH & DUKE CHAPEL, DURHAM

FRIDAY, DEC. 5–SUNDAY, DEC. 7

It can be difficult to discern any meaningful Christmas message within the season's rampant consumerism. Marketing machines have co-opted every holiday signifier, whether secular or holy, to sell electric razors, luxury cars and fine chocolates. But a few cultural artifacts have endured, such as Handel's Messiah, a choral oratorio with English-language scripture that includes the beloved "Hallelujah Chorus." No matter how many times advertisers blare that melody as a kid smiles while opening a present, those Hallelujahs still induce goose bumps live. This weekend provides two high-end opportunities to get your Messiah goose-bump fix: The N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale play the masterwork two nights at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh, while the Duke Chapel Choir hosts three shows that include a pair of afternoon performances. Duke Chapel's doors open an hour before showtime, so plan to arrive early if you don't prefer the last few pews. NC Symphony & Master Chorale: Friday–Saturday, 8 p.m., $45–$75, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, 919-733-2750, ncsymphony.org. Duke Chapel Choir: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m.; $5–$20, 401 Chapel Dr., Durham, 919-884-4444, tickets.duke.edu. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $18-$65

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