Thu., Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 17, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. 2010
Sure, we know that your musical tastes are highly sophisticated, but turn off that Gesualdo CD for a minute and admit it: The good old Halleluiah Chorus still rocks the house. The Nashville Symphony's annual Messiah performance should make a great case for Handel's masterpiece — music director Giancarlo Guerrero takes the podium this year with an impressive group of soloists. Soprano Terri Richter has done wonderful work locally with Alias and Music City Baroque, and she has attracted national notice with the Seattle Opera and Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra. Symphony patrons may remember tenor Bryan Griffin's fine renditions of Rachmaninoff and Argento last year with the NSO. Baritone Quinn Kelsey was a soloist on the San Francisco Symphony's Grammy-winning recording of Mahler's Eighth, and world-renowned Brian Asawa was the first countertenor to win Placido Domingo's international “Operalia” competition in 1994.