No, this ain't about Jesus -- it's about Handel's Messiah. Specifically the various versions of the more 260-year-old classical classic, as ubiquitous this time of year as ballet presentations of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. The National Symphony Orchestra's Yvonne Caruthers explores the history of the piece -- from Handel's original oratorio, to Mozart's adaptation, to the sing-along edition, to even a 2008 "rock oratorio" -- in a multi-media lecture filled with unusual facts and many comic tales. Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Kennedy Center Israeli Lounge. Tickets are $15. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.
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