MESSIAH IN THE NEWS

NOTE:  Certainly George Frideric Handel has no idea when he was composing his unusual oratorio Messiah how far-reaching and universal its appeal would be.  Messiah has permeated almost every corner of the globe, and both he and his now-famous work receives almost daily mention in news outlets around the world.  Here I will post collected news articles about Handel and Messiah, as well as post any updates to this site.  Check back often!



April 19, 2018
UPDATE:  On this week's Radio:  A Night In Venice
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                                                    The Commercial
                                                    Appeal

Hot to Handel: Orpheum show merges jazz and gospel

The Commercial Appeal
The Orpheum books shows. It doesn't produce shows. That longstanding truism will get tossed like yesterday's playbill when the Orpheum this weekend presents the Memphis debut of "Too Hot to Handel," a jazzed-up, gospel-fied reinvention of Handel's "Messiah" that has become an annual tradition in two of Memphis' ...

MSO brings pianist Leon Fleisher, soprano Brandie Sutton to Shore

MyEasternShoreMD
Hailed by The New York Times for her “warm, ample voice” and “distinctive earthy coloring,” and by Opera News for her “sumptuous, mid-weight soprano,” Brandie Sutton began her professional career with a solo recital in the province of St. Maarten and many presentations of Handel's Messiah around the United States.
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                                                    Statesman Journal

Holding Court: Get out and celebrate spring, Earth Day

Statesman Journal
Festival Chorale Oregon is back with more of Handel's Messiah on April 22. Following their performance of part one last fall, the choir will follow up with the final two parts at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE. This performance will include Messiah's most well-known movement, the “Hallelujah” ...

Benefit concert by AC Reynolds Madrigal Singers, May 20

Mountain Xpress (blog)
As a performer, he has been a soloist for works that include Mozart's “Requiem,” Handel'sMessiah,” Holsinger's “Easter Symphony,” Bach's “Contatas No. 78 and 80,” Schubert's “Mass in G.” Vaughan Williams' “Dona Nobis Pacem,” and Willcock's “Lux Perpetua.” Proceeds from the concert will support the English as a ...
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                                                    The Arts Desk

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

The Arts Desk
Between the movements of Brahms's surprising new Requiem in the Biblical German of Martin Luther, resounding in Bremen's Romanesque Cathedral on Good Friday, came "Erbarme dich" from Bach's St Matthew Passion, Schumann's "Abendlied" and "I know that my redeemer liveth" from Handel's Messiah. Absent from ...
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                                                    Norfolk Eastern
                                                    Daily Press

How music is one of Norwich Cathedral's greatest treasures

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
The Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir – a concert choir of 50 adult amateur singers - is also part of the cathedral's mix of music and will be performing a summer concert of Handel's Dixit Dominus and Dettingen Te Deum with Norwich Baroque on June 16. With such a packed programme of services and concerts, does Mr ...


April 18, 2018

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                                                    International Falls
                                                    Journal

Looking Back: Local folks to present 'The Messiah'

International Falls Journal
“The Messiah,” an oratorio by George Frederic Handel, will be presented Saturday and Sunday by Border Choir and Orchestra, directed by Stephen Bond. The choir and orchestra of 125 members have practiced weekly since Christmas. The singers and musicians including the soloists are all local people. The pianist is ...
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                                                    Broadway World

The New York Choral Society and Orchestra to Present JS Bach's ...

Broadway World
In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Reese looks forward to Handel's Messiah with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque; American Voices, a recording and tour of American music with Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Monteverdi Vespers with Choral Arts Philadelphia; singing the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St. John Passion under ...
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                                                    Minneapolis Star
                                                    Tribune

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra packs 2018-19 season with world ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Innovation is everywhere in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's 2018-19 season, just announced. The most obvious example is the introduction of Tapestry19, a biennial festival exploring "a culturally resonant theme within our community through the musical perspectives of a diverse set of composers and artists.
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                                                    The Standard Banner

Dr. Thorson hit all the right notes

The Standard Banner
“We were honored to sing Handel's Messiah in Bethlehem's Manger Square as a joint effort with members of KCS and CNU's A Capella Choir,” he says humbly. The international trips kept things fresh for him and began in 2002 when the KCS joined the Slovakian National Orchestra to perform “Fields of Heaven” by Daniel ...
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                                                    RadioWest

April 22: RadioWest Films at 2018 Madeleine Festival

RadioWest
Sanctuary, which explores churches' historic and modern roles in protecting the stranger. That One Moment in Handel's Messiah, the story of forgiveness in Handel's haunting aria He Was Despised. The evening is free as part of The 2018 Madeleine Festival of the Arts and Humanities. RSVP on our Facebook Event here.
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                                                    Minnesota Public
                                                    Radio News

Oratorio imagines Underground Railroad for the space age

Minnesota Public Radio News
"Each first Sunday in Lent, my church would perform Handel's Messiah," he said. "And that was really the first idea I had of how big music could be. ... I was fascinated by the idea that someone could create music for a big group like that, and it really was the thing that got me inspired to be a composer." Strange came to ...
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                                                    TwinCities.com-Pioneer

                                                    Press

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's 60th anniversary season features ...

TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
Holiday performances include Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (Dec. 13, 15-16) and Handel'sMessiah” (Dec. 20-23). January: Artistic partner Pekka Kuusisto leads the Midwest premiere of Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer's Asunder, a new work for chamber orchestra co-commissioned by the SPCO ...
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                                                    Huddersfield
                                                    Examiner

Outlane Singers - we're 10 years old and still going strong

Huddersfield Examiner
Founder and musical director Suzanne Smelt says the evening will feature everything from Rogers and Hammerstein's iconic Sound of Music song Edelweiss to choruses from Handel's Messiah and Faure's Requiem. “We are doing our favourite pieces from the past 10 years,” she added. “We have found that people want to ...
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                                                    Boorowa News

Songs of Hope concert raises more than $3000

Boorowa News
... presented an outstanding bracket of classical pieces, concluding with the whole audience on its feet, singing the timeless Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel's Messiah. ... appearance on the programme, with a version of the Lord is My Shepherd by Howard Goodall, and a soprano aria from Handel's great work, the Messiah.


April 17, 2018

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                                                    MSUToday

Mendelssohn's powerful 'Elijah' to be performed at MSU

MSUToday
Along with Handel's "Messiah" and Haydn's "The Creation," it is considered among the three greatest oratorios in the repertoire. “It is an honor to lead my outstanding faculty colleagues and our outstanding choral and orchestral ensembles in this great, theatrical work,” Rayl says. “Although Mendelssohn's name is not ...
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                                                    GCU Today

Choir to shine a light at GCU — and Carnegie Hall

GCU Today
The Canyon Choral Society is known for performing large choral works, such as Handel'sMessiah” in December. The choir will take on Morten Lauridsen's “Lux Aeterna” at its concert Wednesday at First Southern Baptist Church and at Carnegie Hall on April 23. (Photos by Gillian Rea). By Lana Sweeten-Shults GCU News ...
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                                                    Yass Tribune

Songs of Hope provides splendid atmosphere

Yass Tribune
... presented an outstanding bracket of classical pieces, concluding with the whole audience on its feet, singing the timeless Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel's Messiah. ... appearance on the programme, with a version of the Lord is My Shepherd by Howard Goodall, and a soprano aria from Handel's great work, the Messiah.
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                                                    The Boston Musical
                                                    Intelligencer

John Oliver (1939–2018): An Appreciation

The Boston Musical Intelligencer
The Chorale also sang works like Bach's B Minor Mass, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, and Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem to great acclaim. Even before the formation of TFC, John Oliver led the choral program at MIT and taught music courses as a member of the faculty.
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                                                    St George News

St. George Chamber Singers sing it live at Kayenta: The 3 B's

St George News
For over 40 years, Wiens, has conducted notable choirs. Serving as Chorus Master under the baton of maestro John Nelson, memorable performances include Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Messiah and Brahms' Requiem. Wiens also sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Choir under the legendary Robert Shaw.
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                                                    Statesman Journal

15 things to do this week in Salem April 17-22

Statesman Journal
Festival Chorale Oregon: Parts two and three of Handel's oratorio Messiah, featuring Hallelujah Chorus, 4 p.m., Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE. $25, $20 seniors and $10 students. 503-375-3574. Reach out to Abby Luschei at aluschei@statesmanjournal.com or call 503-399-6747 regarding all things entertainment.
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SwiftCurrentOnline.com

Swift Current Oratorio choir celebrates 45 years

SwiftCurrentOnline.com
For 45 years the Swift Current Oratorio choir has serenaded audiences. Last night to celebrate their almost five decades of performing, the choir performed at the Bridgeway Community Church in Swift Current. The choir performed 'Messiah by G.F Handel.' Although, the choir did not do it alone as they had the help from ...


April 16, 2018
UPDATE:  On this week's videoItalian Baroque Organ - Concert - Missa a San Ignacio (Domenico Zipoli)
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                                                    Winston-Salem
                                                    Journal

Ground Control to the Symphony: Pops play Bowie

Winston-Salem Journal
The season includes the Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel'sMessiah,” a concert featuring the symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles and a variety of educational and ...
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                                                    St Albans &
                                                    Harpenden Review

Handel's much-loved masterpiece Messiah in concert

St Albans & Harpenden Review
Handel's much-loved masterpiece Messiah is to be performed by St Albans Choral Society with Orchestra Nova in St Albans Cathedral on April 21 at 7.30pm. The love affair that British classical music audiences have with Messiah is a something of a phenomenon, as choirs of all sizes have regularly performed the work ...
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                                                    Farnham Herald

Not a dry eye in the church as St Thomas concert raises funds for ...

Farnham Herald
So Nicola gave us Come unto him from Handel's Messiah followed by the Benedictus from Haydn's Little Organ Mass, both accompanied on the organ. An organ solo Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come now, Saviour of the Gentiles) from Brian followed, with the last two items on the programme folk songs. The Scottish ...
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                                                    The Independent |
                                                    SUindependent.com

St. George Chamber Singers perform Bach, Brahms, and Britten in ...

The Independent | SUindependent.com
Serving as chorus master under the baton of maestro John Nelson, memorable performances include Mendelssohn's “Elijah,” Handel'sMessiah,” and Brahms' Requiem. Wiens also sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Choir under the legendary Robert Shaw. Tickets are $20. Come early and enjoy a pre-show gourmet ...


April 13, 2018

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                                                    Danville Commercial
                                                    News

Soloists to perform message of hope for inmates

Danville Commercial News
Photo ProvidedInmates at the Danville Correctional Center will have the chance to hear historically spiritual music with a modern twist on Friday, and musicians are describing the experience as “a beautiful, powerful message.” “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” is an update to George Frideric Handel's 1741 ...

Last Word: Bakery Rising, Legislative Notes From Nashville and ...

Memphis Daily News
... the Shelby County Commission May 9 – each for the fiscal year that begins July 1. This is a busy spring at the Orpheum starting with “Wicked” and going into “Something Rotten” which opened Tuesday and runs through the 15th. And right behind that is “Too Hot to Handel” – a jazz-gospel adaptation of Handel'sMessiah.
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                                                    Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Choral Arts' 2018-2019 season to focus on 'story and song'

Baltimore Sun
15 and a sing-along of Handel'sMessiah” on Dec. 16, both at Kraushaar. An a cappella program showcasing the Chamber Chorus will focus on the Lang work, which won the Pulitzer Prize for music a decade ago. In “The Little Match Girl Passion,” Lang relates the haunting story of an impoverished, abused child who ...
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                                                    Aiken Standard

Today in History for April 13

Aiken Standard
In 1613, Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, was captured by English Capt. Samuel Argall in the Virginia Colony. (During a yearlong captivity, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and ultimately opted to stay with the English.) In 1742, "Messiah," the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the "Hallelujah" chorus, ...
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                                                    Yahoo7 News
Yahoo7 News

Today in History, 13/4

Daily Mail
1742 - George Frederick Handel conducts first performance of his Messiah in Dublin. 1870 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded in New York.1910 - The Australian Labor Party wins federal election and Andrew Fisher becomes prime minister. 1919 - In Amritsar massacre, British troops shoot nearly 380 of Gandhi's ...
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                                                    Broadway World

BWW Previews: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF LEONARD ...

Broadway World
The renowned Orchestra has a lot of experience in performing classical music such as the George Friedrich Handel's beloved Messiah, as well as a Peace and Love concert in celebration of the life of Saint John Paul II most recently. This year would be a fresh sight from Nusantara Symphony Orchestra since WEST SIDE ...
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                                                    Brecon & Radnor
                                                    Express

Festival's star-studded line-up celebrates the power of music

Brecon & Radnor Express
There are extraordinary musical riches on offer from effervescent Vivaldi to Handel's powerful oratorio, Alexander's Feast, a work as popular in its day as Messiah. A special feature of the concert on Saturday, May 5 will be the “birth of opera,” the fascinating music devised c1600 by Florentine composers Peri and Caccini ...
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                                                    cleveland.com
cleveland.com

Today in History

Chicago Daily Herald
In 1742, "Messiah," the oratorio by George Frideric Handel featuring the "Hallelujah" chorus, had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell in the Virginia Colony. In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, Fort Sumter in South Carolina fell ...

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