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Guillermo Figueroa, photo InSight Foto

Handel was so unsure about the prospects for his Messiah that he had its premiere “out of town” in Dublin. Unlike his earlier, highly dramatic oratorios with opera-like plots, the Messiah was much more episodic and reflective. The composer’s concern was understandable but unnecessary: Dublin adored it, and it soon triumphed in London as well. Guillermo Figueroa leads the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, plus four vocal soloists, in its annual return at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. Tickets are $22-$80, 10 percent discount for students, military, first responders available upon request at 505-983-1414; santafesymphony.org, lensic.org

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