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After investing time and money in several disastrous flops, Handel was stone broke in 1742. Searching for something to fix his finances, the composer hastily adapted passages of the Bible itself to some music he’d already written, and the Messiah has been a hit of…er, biblical proportions ever since. It’s presented in the original, 18th-century staging by the Folger Consort and Oxford’s Magdalen College Choir at 7:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 410 F St. NW. $25. (202) 544-7077. (Patrick Symmes)