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!



December 14, 2017
UPDATE:  On this week's Radio:  A Baroque Christmas program by The Boston Camerata.
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                                                    Country Life

Handel's Messiah: Nine of the greatest places to enjoy a wonderful ...

Country Life
Handel composed The Messiah – or just 'Messiah' to connoisseurs – in 24 days in Leicestershire during the summer of 1741. In the ensuing 275 years, its power to stir and inspire is entirely undiminished. The composer was staying with the landowner Charles Jennens, who had written the libretto, a daringly experimental ...
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                                                    CatholicPhilly.com

Handel's 'Messiah' coming to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

CatholicPhilly.com
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham will host the Bucks County Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of George Handel'sMessiah” on Saturday, Dec. 16. Performances will take place at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. in the church, located at 5175 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown. A full orchestra will perform ...
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                                                    New York Classical
                                                    Review
New York Classical Review

Tyler Duncan Replaces Andrew Foster-Williams in Handel's ...

Broadway World
Baritone Tyler Duncan will replace Andrew Foster-Williams, who has withdrawn due to illness, in the remaining performances of Handel's Messiah, conducted by Andrew Manze, Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 pm.; Friday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, December ...
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                                                    Palm Beach Post

3 TO SEE: Aloha Islanders; Handel's 'Messiah'; 'Nutcracker'

Palm Beach Post-
Join in for a Hawaii-themed holiday celebration this weekend for The Palm Beach Post Sunday on the Waterfront. Contributed by the City of West Palm Beach. It's almost the weekend – time for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County to share with you the best of what our community has to offer. Each week, you get three ...
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                                                    Chron.com

'Messiah' not just for Christmas

Chron.com
Among the great winter holiday traditions, both old and new, lies one highly honored in the world of classical music - the sacred oratorio "Messiah," written by composer George Frideric Handel in 1741. Despite the popularity of Holiday Pops concerts featuring medleys of recognizable Yuletide carols, Handel's "Messiah" ...

Thursday: Bach Society of St. Louis' Christmas Candlelight Concert ...

St. Louis Public Radio
Thursday: Bach Society of St. Louis' Christmas Candlelight Concert highlights Handel's 'Messiah' ... The Bach Society Chorus & Orchestra will present Handel'sMessiah” and other Christmas carols and will be joined by the St. Louis Children's Choirs as well as soprano Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Martha J. Hart and tenor ...
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                                                    The East County
                                                    Californian

'Sounds Good' with the San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra

The East County Californian
“This is a wonderful way to bring in the holiday season. You don't feel like you had Christmas until you started with 'Handel's Messiah,'” said Pat McAfee during the intermission of “Sounds Good” winter concert performed on Sunday by the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra (SDFCO), a non-profit organization based ...

Handel's 'Messiah' will be performed Dec. 17

Thewakullanews
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                                                    Jackson Free Press

A Choral Christmas

Jackson Free Press
#The Mississippi Chorus will perform the first movement of 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel's seminal oratorio, "Messiah," again this year, following two sold-out performances in 2016. However, the upcoming holiday concert will mark more than one significant milestone for the Mississippi Chorus and for the ...
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                                                    Carlisle Sentinel

Boiling Springs marks 50th anniversary of the "Hallelujah" chorus sing

Carlisle Sentinel
Since 1967, each concert has ended with high school chorus alumni taking the stage with current chorus members for the singing of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah." The concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 in the Brenneman Auditorium will mark the 50th anniversary of what has become a ...


December 13, 2017

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                                                    The San Diego
                                                    Union-Tribune

Bach Collegium's music director explains why Handel's 'Messiah' is ...

The San Diego Union-Tribune
It's not the holidays without Handel'sMessiah,” which will be performed next week by the early music ensemble Bach Collegium San Diego. We asked Ruben Valenzuela, Bach Collegium's music director, to tell us more about the concert and his musical group. Q: What is it about Handel'sMessiah” that makes us all tingly ...
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                                                    ArtsHub

Handel's Messiah – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

ArtsHub
Melbourne's 2017 Concert Season both opened and closed with two very different interpretations of Handel's English oratorio Messiah. There was an unusual semi-staged performance by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir directed by Paul Dyer in February and a traditional if bland presentation on Saturday ...
History and harmony
Martha's Vineyard Times
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                                                    Press &
                                                    Sun-Bulletin

Downtown Singers celebrate 35th year of 'Messiah'

Press & Sun-Bulletin
Like brides, impresarios know the value of blending something old with something new. Take, for example, how Binghamton Philharmonic Executive Director Brittany H. Hall and Binghamton Downtown Singers Artistic Director Marisa Crabb have approached their organizations' upcoming performance of Handel's Messiah.
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                                                    Danbury News Times

Messiah” performance planned in Danbury

Danbury News Times
DANBURY - The annual performance of the Christmastime classic, Handel'sMessiah,” is planned Dec. 17 at the First Congregational Church. The 4 p.m. musical performance, presented by Danbury Music Centre, will feature the Danbury Concert Chorus and the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and will be conducted by ...
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                                                    Staunton News
                                                    Leader

Ovation Singers' annual 'Messiah' concert moves to new location in ...

Staunton News Leader
STAUNTON – Since 1985 Staunton's Ovation Singers have been offering an annual Christmas gift to the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta community with a presentation of Handel's celebrated oratorio “Messiah." This year's performance will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on 100 E. Frederick St. in ...
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                                                    Dayton City Paper

Of symphony and God

Dayton City Paper
Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow. By Tim Smith. It wouldn't be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel's Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they ...
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                                                    Milwaukee Journal
                                                    Sentinel

Lecce-Chong pleased to return to Milwaukee, his first conducting ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
He noted that Handel envisioned many different ways of performing “Messiah,” and “never did it the same way twice.” “When it's all out, he said, “I will let the orchestra rage. There are going to be numbers in this that are brutally violent.” The Milwaukee Symphony and Chorus perform Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 13-17 at ...
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                                                    KIRO Seattle

7 things to do this weekend: December 15-17

KIRO Seattle
Music Magic: Handel's Messiah – Friday to Sunday, December 15-17. From site: A triumph of music and text, Handel's Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel's ...
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                                                    Enterprise News
Enterprise News

Public invited to sing 'Hallelujah Chorus'

Albionnewsonline
Boone Central High School Winter Concert will be held Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Performance Gym. Keeping with tradition, the high school chorus will end its portion of the concert with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel's Messiah. Anyone attending the concert is invited to join the choir and sing along. Anyone ...
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                                                    The Daily Progress

Oratorio Society celebrates Christmas, marks anniversary

The Daily Progress
The very first concert in 1968 by what was then the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle included the first part of Handel'sMessiah,” and today's singers find joy in preparing the 1741 oratorio's famed “Hallelujah” Chorus. The 90-singer chorus will be teaming up with The Patriot Singers from Albemarle High School ...


December 12, 2017

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                                                    Toronto Star

The enduring high note of Handel's Messiah returning in dual ...

Toronto Star
But that's what happened to George Frideric Handel when one of his collaborators, Charles Jennens, handed him some texts to set to music. Messiah has, since its premiere in Dublin at Easter time 275 years ago, become one of the best-loved pieces of classical music in the English-speaking world. Toronto is no exception, ...
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                                                    TAPinto.net

Handel's 'Messiah' to be Performed by Hunterdon Symphony ...

TAPinto.net
CLINTON TWP., NJ – Part One of Handel'sMessiah” will be performed by Hunterdon Choral Union and Hunterdon Symphony on Sunday, Dec. 17. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. at North Hunterdon High School on Route 31 here. “Messiah” may be Handel's most famous composition and is among the most popular ...

Selections from 'Messiah' to be played by orchestra

Joplin Globe
MONETT, Mo. — The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 38th season with two performances of selections from Handel'sMessiah.” The orchestra, accompanied by soloists and a community choir and led by music director Todd Borgmann, will perform two pieces for orchestra only, 11 selections for soloists and 10 ...

'Messiah' performance is Sunday

Clinton Herald
CLINTON — A tradition that dates 86 years continues with Clinton's annual performance of George Frideric Handel'sMessiah” on Sunday, Dec. 17. ... The “Messiah” tradition in Clinton dates to 1931 with a performance by the Apollo Choral Society, founded by Dr. Frederick Schoenbohm, a professor at the old Wartburg ...
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                                                    PJ Media

This Amazing Christmas Prophecy Will Bring You Hope For Today ...

PJ Media
One day in Hebrew class we were given the assignment of translating from Isaiah chapter 9. It was a breeze! The professor gave us break by allowing us to translate verses six through seven. All we had to do was remember the words to Handel's "Messiah." Everyone was humming the tune with a smile on their face, and ...
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                                                    Washington Post

10 things to do in the DC area the week of Dec. 11-15

Washington Post
Handel's 'Messiah' at Kennedy Center: It wouldn't be the season without “Messiah” — Handel's oratorio, that is, which is de rigueur this time of year for orchestras. The National Symphony Orchestra, which offers a slightly different take every year, has entrusted it to Jeannette Sorrell, the dynamic conductor of the group ...
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                                                    Bay Post/Moruya
                                                    Examiner

Choir to sing Messiah

Bay Post/Moruya Examiner
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE: Handel's Messiah will be sung at St Bernard's on December 17. All are ... Andrew Moreton will accompany singers on cello for Handel's Messiah. Tweet ... “Handel, the composer, dedicated many performances to raise funds for charities in London and Dublin during the eighteenth century.
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                                                    Courier-Gazette
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Annual 'Messiah' sing POSTPONED

Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald
All local singers interested in performing the Christmas section and “Hallelujah Chorus” of G.F. Handel's 1741 “Messiah” are invited to participate. Scores will be available for singers who do not have their own. Singers will be seated in the pews by voice part. Soloists will be Nina Tilander, soprano; Amanda Mahaffey, ...
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                                                    Daily Telegraph

Richard Tognetti and the ACO give us a rare Christmas treat

Daily Telegraph
CHRISTMAS means Handel's The Messiah for many classical music fans but this year they were given a rare chance to hear Bach's magnificent Christmas Oratorio in a one-off finely calibrated performance by the crack team of Australian Chamber Orchestra and Choir of London under the baton of Richard Tognetti.



December 11, 2017
UPDATE:  On this week's video:  A complete Baroque music Christmas concert.
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                                                    The Dominion Post

Handel's Messiah: A solid, but unspectacular performance

The Dominion Post
This was also a long Messiah, with a number of arias and recitatives not usually heard these days. And, with Weymark used to marshalling huge forces, his tempos and approach were, perhaps, a touch careful and, at times lacking in bite. Overall, it was a perfectly acceptable performance but, compared to the two previous ...
A Muted NZSO 'Messiah'
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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                                                    The Boston Globe

A resounding 'Hallelujah' for Boston Baroque's 'Messiah'

The Boston Globe
In every classical music writer's life, there are three great inevitabilities: death, taxes, and writing up Handel'sMessiah” every December. But as “Messiah” goes, one could do a whole lot worse than the incandescent, engrossing rendition of the seemingly immortal oratorio that Boston Baroque rolled out at Jordan Hall on ...
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                                                    The Province
The Province

Rivard has a handle on Messiah

The Chronicle Journal
IN his introduction to the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (TBSO) and Chorus's performance of Handel's Messiah, conductor Simon Rivard said that he had sang in his first Messiah when he was fourteen years old. The conductor of that Messiah was performing his 65th Messiah. Rivard then revealed this would be his first ...
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                                                    New Bern Sun
                                                    Journal

Messiah nears sellout for Monday performances

New Bern Sun Journal
The performance of George Frideric Handel's 1741 oratorio Messiah comes after more than a month of weekly rehearsals under co-directors B.J. Oglesby and Pat Rowlett. The singers come from Craven, Beaufort, Carteret, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico and Wayne counties. Accompanying the singers will be an orchestra ...
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                                                    StarNewsOnline.com

The week ahead in Wilmington arts and culture, Dec. 11-17

StarNewsOnline.com
The choir of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, along with featured soloists, will sing Handel's "Messiah" while backed by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, "Messiah" -- which was originally written for Easter but is now a staple of the Christmas season -- contains a narrative ...
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                                                    Los Angeles Times

An LA Phil reminder that but a mile, and fate, separate Disney Hall ...

Los Angeles Times
For the “Messiah Project,” the Street Symphony and Chamber Singers (members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale), along with Urban Voice (members of the skid row community) come together for selections from Handel'sMessiah,” with solos sung by professional singers and community members they have coached.
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                                                    insideTORONTO.com

Beach Chorale presents Messiah in the Upper Beach

insideTORONTO.com
For its 10th anniversary season, the Toronto Beach Chorale (TBC) is performing G.F. Handel's Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Upper Beach. The show will be held at Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. just west of Victoria Pak Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.. For this concert, the TBC will welcome a ...
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                                                    Albuquerque Journal

'A Children's Messiah' promises fun for kids

Albuquerque Journal
Amateur singers can join in “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and Handel's own “Joy to the World,” cathedral music director Maxine Thévenot said.”We invite people to come around in their ugly Christmas sweater or their favorite festive holiday clothes,” Thévenot said. An anchor choir from Polyphony will perform the solos. A total of ...
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                                                    Yellow Springs News

BLOG-Winter Comes Early

Yellow Springs News
They would shop and I would join the rehearsal of Handel's Messiah with the Yellow Springs Community Chorus and Orchestra. Inside the church, voices and instruments raced along Handel's runs of notes; back in our living room, my family ran two new strands of colored LED lights round our happy blue spruce. Marking ...
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                                                    Washington Classical
                                                    Review
Washington Classical Review

Bach's Christmas Oratorio given uneven performance

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Handel's "Messiah" is the default repertoire for choral concerts at this time of year, and it was refreshing to see an alternative on offer. For aficionados, the presence of the 84-year-old German conductor and Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling on the podium looked like a significant bonus. On Saturday, the magic ran fitfully.


December 9, 2017

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                                                    Centre Daily Times

Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra to perform Handel's 'Messiah' in ...

Centre Daily Times
The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra is gearing up for its holiday performances of Handel'sMessiah” on Sunday at The State Theatre. The Orpheus Singers, PCO and four vocal soloists have all been preparing independently for some time, but joined forces at rehearsals the week before the concerts, said PCO Executive ...
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                                                    Kokomo Perspective

Kokomo Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah

Kokomo Perspective
Kokomo Symphony Orchestra is continuing its mission of bringing classical music to the community on Dec. 9 with its Handel's Messiah concert. The free concert will be performed by members of the symphony at Indiana University Kokomo's Havens Auditorium. “To me, it's the perfect Christmas concert because the words ...
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                                                    NewsOK.com

Great and grand “Messiah” from Canterbury Voices

NewsOK.com
The necessary and sufficient cause for Handel'sMessiah” is a great chorus. Canterbury Voices is such a chorus. Baroque music demands extreme precision; there are many runs and ornaments that must be sung as if with one voice. Getting 20-plus sopranos to sing the same group of eighth notes in exact synchrony is an ...
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                                                    Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Light Opera and Opera del Sol lead 'Messiah' singalong in ...

Orlando Sentinel
Did you miss your chance to sing at the annual Messiah Choral Society program in November? The society has hosted a free singalong to Handel's masterwork, with its “Hallelujah Chorus,” for 45 years at Orlando's Bob Carr Theater. If you were hoping to hear Handel's beautiful composition — or sing along again — shout ...

Eastern Area Youth Chorale marks 25th anniversary with 'Messiah ...

Tribune-Review
The Eastern Area Youth Chorale, under the direction of Barbara Spiri, sings Christmas carols at the Penn Hills Municipal Building in 2015. The EAYC is marking its 25th anniversary in 2017, and will perform the Christmas section of Handel's 'Messiah' on Dec. 17, 2017.
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                                                    WMUK

Battle Creek Choral & Orchestra Conductors Prepare Hundreds For ...

WMUK
Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra conductor Anne Harrigan and Battle Creek Community Chorus director Clayton Parr began strategizing the rehearsal process for this Saturday's performance of Handel's Messiah in July. In a preview of the concert with Cara Lieurance, Parr and Harrigan explain that the devil is in the ...

WQXR to Broadcast Richard Tucker Music Foundation's 2017 Gala ...

Broadway World
Classical music lovers around the world can share in two longstanding New York City institutions beginning this weekend, as both the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert on Sunday, December 10 (6pm ET), and the first of Trinity Church Wall Street's annual performances of Handel's Messiah on Friday, ...
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                                                    The Mountaineer

Lake Junaluska's Appalachian Christmas is Dec. 8-9

The Mountaineer
The Lake Junaluska Singers will return, under the direction Mary Huff and associate director Kathy Geyer McNeil, to perform Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Stuart Auditorium. Handel's "Messiah" is a baroque-era music composition by George Frideric Handel, composed in 1741-42 and the Lake Junaluska ...

Classical music and dance listings

San Francisco Chronicle
American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas conducts Handel's Messiah. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 13. $20-$125. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. www.americanbach.org. American Bach Soloists Jeffrey Thomas conducts Handel's Messiah. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14. $20-$125. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. ...
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                                                    GoErie.com

Praise the season with Erie Phil's 'Messiah' on Tuesday

GoErie.com
Not during the season of George Frideric Handel'sMessiah,” as sure a full-employment program for classical musicians as anything yet devised. Just ask Thomas Brooks, who will lead the Erie Philharmonic's presentation of the beloved oratorio's Christmas portion and the inspiring "Hallelujah Chorus" on Tuesday at Erie's ...
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