Since its first performance two and a half centuries ago, Handel’s Messiah continues to captivate people the world over. From deeply tender arias to show-stopping choruses and splendid orchestral writing, Messiah simply has it all. This year, Eric Garcia, the Boise Phil Orchestra, and the talented Boise Phil Master Chorale take the stage with our distinguished guest soloists for this ultimate holiday tradition. We invite you and your family to sit back, close your eyes, and revel in some of the most joyous choral music ever written.

VENUE CHANGE: Cathedral of the Rockies

Eric Garcia conductor
Cecilia Violetta López soprano
Teresa Buchholz mezzo-soprano
Wesley Morgan tenor
José Rubio baritone
Boise Phil Master Chorale

George Frideric HANDEL Messiah

Air transportation for guest artists provided by Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines


Concert Description

We are committed to ensuring you have an exceptional concert experience, with confidence in the policies and procedures designed for a safe environment for all.

  • All guests must provide proof of a lab-confirmed negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event, or provide proof of full vaccination, with a valid photo ID
  • All Boise Phil staff, musicians, and artists are required to be vaccinated or regularly submit negative COVID-19 test results

  • Until further notice, all concerts are limited to half capacity

  • Masks are required for all guests, staff, and musicians regardless of vaccination status at Boise Phil concerts
  • Disposable masks will be available at the event

  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone known to be or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 10 days, or if you are subject to a quarantine or isolation order

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available at the event

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Eric Garcia
Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Eric Garcia is Music Director of the Boise Phil and Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Music Society SummerFest. Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops, and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.
Cecilia Violetta López
USA Today has named Cecilia Violetta López one of “Idaho’s Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Century” and has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. The singing actress is constantly praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Post).
Teresa Buchholz
Versatile mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz enjoys success in the realms of opera, art song and oratorio. Some recent performances include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, several Holiday concerts with The Greenwich Choral Society and a guest recital at her alma mater, The University of Northern Iowa.
Wesley Morgan
Tenor Wesley Morgan has been praised for his “clear…ringing tenor,” "polished instrument," and “gift for suave phrasing.” Recent and upcoming appearances include Orlando Opera, Opera Delaware, Windsor Symphony, Helena Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo in NYC, Tulsa Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Baltimore Concert Opera.
José Rubio
“...a voice roundly sonorous, of warm beauty, commanding in voice and presence, dominating the stage with every appearance ​ - a major operatic find." -Opera News Internationally acclaimed Baritone José Rubio has quickly established himself performing at major and regional venues across the country.
Master Chorale
Led by Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, Grant Farmer, the Master Chorale is an auditioned chorus of nearly 100 volunteer singers. For almost 50 years, they have endeavored to create moving musical experiences that inspire our community through a rich tradition of great choral music and modern musical innovations.
Grant Farmer
Grant Farmer, Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, has conducted and prepared various collegiate and semi-professional choral ensembles across the country. His groups are regularly recognized for their brilliant sound and inspiring performances of works, large and small. He is also the Director of Choral Activities at The College of Idaho.

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