It won’t be very long before concert stages will be filled with music customarily associated with the holidays. Last year, I asked who had the best holiday concert. The winner was Seattle Pro Musica.
For better or worse, Handel’s Messiah is standard holiday music. I want to know, who has the best Messiah? Are the SSO’s modern instruments, size, and chorus preferable to Seattle Baroque’s historically informed style? What about Orchestra Seattle’s hybrid approach? Is the Bellevue Phil the cream of the crop or do the PNB musicians that make up the Auburn Symphony do it better?