Classical Picks

The best classical picks, November 29

CorrespondentNovember 28, 2013 

“Messiah,” presented by Carolina Ballet.

COURTESY OF NIGEL ARMES

For some, it’s just not the holidays without Handel’s “Messiah.” Luckily, they can get an early start with performances this weekend from members of the N.C. Master Chorale and a chamber orchestra under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis. And there just happens to be a fully staged ballet to go with them. Carolina Ballet’s highly praised production returns after a three-season hiatus, an ambitious evening-length presentation with dozens of striking images beautifully illustrating Handel’s joyous and moving score. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $23-$68. carolinaballet.com.

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