NEW Bag Size Restrictions starting 1/1/2023: The Phoenix Convention Center and Venues are implementing a restricted bag size policy at Symphony Hall and The Orpheum.

No bags larger than clutch size (4.5″ x 6.5″) will be permitted. Medical and diaper bags will be allowed. Thank you for understanding.

Holiday stages: Classical/choral events in metro Phoenix

Phoenix Symphony: Handel’s ‘Messiah’

New music director Tito Muñoz takes his first turn leading the orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony Chorus in annual performances of this oratorio about the life of Jesus by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel. “HAAAAA-le-lu-jah!”

Details: 602-495-1999,

•7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $29-$49.

•7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $25-$49.

•7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley. $39.

•3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. $49.

— Kerry Lengel