The holiday season in Ann Arbor is never officially underway until Handel’s Messiah is performed at Hill Auditorium. An eagerly anticipated holiday season tradition, these performances are ultimately the heart and soul of UMS. The performances connect audiences not only with the talented artists on stage but also with the friends and family who attend each year. In a true community tradition, the performance features the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the 175 voices of the Grammy Award-winning UMS Choral Union (2006 “Best Choral Performance”), conductor Jerry Blackstone, and two U-M alumni as soloists — Janai Brugger and David Daniels. Saturday, December 6 at 8pm and Sunday, December 7 at 2pm. Ticketed event.