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Who isn’t sick of Handel’s Messiah? The overbearingly majestic choral masterpiece lies dormant 11 months of the year, only to rear its ugly head at the onslaught of the holiday season, like inflatable lawn ornaments and people shooting one another over parking spaces at the mall. Come December, you can’t escape its grasp no matter where you go: the grocery store, the gym, your car, synagogue. This year, no fewer than five different orchestras and choruses (including the NSO, the National Cathedral Choir, the National Philharmonic, and the Morgan State University Choir, with its unique Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah) are performing their renditions in or around the District. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra enters the fray late in the season with its annual crowd-pleasing interactive concert, in which audience members are invited to show off their pipes and join in on that one part everyone knows, the Hallelujah Chorus.
THE CONCERT BEGINS AT 8 p.m. AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, 2700 F ST. NW. FREE WITH TICKET, AVAILABLE AT KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL STARTING AT 6. (800) 444-1324.