by: COURTESY PHOTO - The Portland Chamber Orchestra, one of Americas oldest chamber orchestras, performs the Messiah each year.It’s not the holidays without George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah," performed each year by the Portland Chamber Orchestra with an annual twist.

The PCO will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 447 S.E. Third Ave. in Hillsboro.

Maestro Yaacov Bergman leads four soloists and Portland’s Choral Arts Ensemble in this year’s classic holiday production of Handel’s original orchestration, which reflects on Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Bergman’s love for Baroque music started while he studied violin at the Music Academy in Jerusalem. Then, he studied under Renaissance and Baroque scholar Dr. Richard Westenburg, who was the founding director of Musica Sacra, which highlighted Handel’s "Messiah" at their winter holiday concert.

First performed in 1742, the work was adapted for performance on a larger scale after Handel’s death. Its structure resembles that of an opera, but it is not as dramatic.

Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors (65 and older), $15 students and $5 children. Get them at Groups purchasing 10 or more tickets can get them for $20 each. Tickets sales benefit the PCO, which relies on donations to underwrite the cost of performances.

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