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!



February 20, 2018

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                                                    Houston Chronicle

Ars Lyrica, Bach Society strike tantalizing chord

Houston Chronicle
The first-ever American oratorio, Samuel Felsted's "Jonah," was paired with "Esther," the first oratorio by George Frideric Handel who would go on to compose "Messiah." The music-making was accomplished, idiomatic and tightly controlled, easily holding audience interest over 2½ hours. But several of "Esther's" highlights ...

Andrew Barrett, Kathleen Malenke to perform

Lock Haven Express
Barrett, a baritone, will be performing selections from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Wagner, as well as selections from Handel'sMessiah” and Bach's “St. Matthew Passion.” A lifelong resident of Clinton County, he graduated from Lock Haven University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
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                                                    Redditch Standard

Emily takes the baton as new era dawns at Redditch Choral Society

Redditch Standard
“Ten years ago I remember Alma fell and broke her hip and as a result I conducted the choir's performance of Handel's Messiah – I was 22 when I did that,” said Emily. “Alma had given me so much experience and it was the first concert I conducted all the way through.” Redditch Choral Society is renowed throughout the UK ...
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                                                    Corsicana Daily Sun

Church News

Corsicana Daily Sun
He has been in productions such as “Moby Dick,” “Show Boat,” A Christmas Carol” and “Handel's Messiah.” Liberty Tabernacle of God, 320 W. 37th Ave. presents its eighth annual Pastoral Appreciation Celebration in honor of Pastor Erma and Bro. Darrell Waites at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Master of ceremony will be Bro.
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                                                    OperaWire

Artist Of The Week: Elizabeth DeShong To Perform Her First ...

OperaWire
Elizabeth DeShong is one of today's biggest rising stars singing at some of the world's greatest stages and performing some of the toughest mezzo roles in the repertoire. And this week, the mezzo takes on her biggest Metropolitan Opera assignment yet as Arsace in Rossini's “Semiramide.” For years DeShong has been a ...
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                                                    The Wokingham Paper

Wokingham Choral Society's late Christmas present to charities

The Wokingham Paper
Conducted by Patrick Allies and accompanied by Benedict Lewis-Smith, the choral society was joined by professional soloists for the date. Their rehearsals take place at The Emmbrook School in Wokingham on Thursday evenings. Now they are preparing for their next concert, a performance of Handel's Messiah, which will ...
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                                                    FlaglerLive.com

Monday Briefing: Heat Again, Constitution Revision Commission ...

FlaglerLive.com
March 4: Paige Dashner Long conducts Handel's Messiah in two performances in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, ...


February 19, 2018
UPDATE:  On this week's video:  Handel's oratorio Athalia
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                                                    Richmond.com

Todd Culbertson: The Richmond Ballet awakens beauty in the Age ...

Richmond.com
Non-believers cherish Handel'sMessiah” and Bach's “Mass in B Minor.” People do not need to be theologians to appreciate ballet's liberating delicacies. It's a performance. Enjoy. Todd Culbertson worked for more than 40 years as an editor and writer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the last decade as editor of the ...
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                                                    Iowa City Press
                                                    Citizen

Chamber Singers present Handel and Haydn

Iowa City Press Citizen
Handel is credited with creating the English oratorio as we today tend to think of it, with "Messiah" as the most prominent example. He composed his oratorio "Samson" shortly after "Messiah." The oratorio begins with the biblical hero Samson at his lowest: Delilah has sheared his hair, robbing him of his legendary strength ...
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                                                    FlaglerLive.com

Weekend Briefing: Afro-American Heritage, Race the Runways ...

FlaglerLive.com
The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, Tchaikovsky and Haydn. Members from the Flagler Youth Orchestra's advanced ensemble will open the concert with ...


February 16, 2018

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                                                    People's World

“Israel in Egypt”: A Handel oratorio propagandizes for colonialism ...

People's World
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), one of the premier cultural organizations in this city, has a multi-year “Hidden Handel” project to perform all the oratorios (and there are many) that are not the perennial Messiah. Some of his oratorios are highly pictorial and descriptive, with named characters ...
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                                                    East County
                                                    Magazine

LOVE TO SING? SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ...

East County Magazine
... based in East County, is in its 18th season, and never sounded so good! We are non-sectarian, performing choral masterworks and popular choral arrangements in the same program. Our winter concert featured the Christmas portion of Handel'sMessiah” and a zany “Musicological Tour of the Twelve Days of Christmas”.
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                                                    FlaglerLive.com

Thursday Briefing: Farm Swap at Ag Museum, Stayin' Alive at ...

FlaglerLive.com
March 4: Paige Dashner Long conducts Handel's Messiah in two performances in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, ...


February 15, 2018
UPDATE:  On this week's Radio:  Musica Pacifica - Fire In My Fingers

Toledo Symphony Orchestra resident conductor leaving her position

WTOL.com
"It's been so great to work with the same people every week for three years, they're fantastic musicians, they can do anything," she described. "I've had a really great time here in Toledo and the people are really great so I look forward to coming back and visiting". Jobin will return to Toledo to conduct Handel's Messiah on ...
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                                                    Roanoke Times

Vandenberg, Peter Gerard

Roanoke Times
He loved trains, bread, desserts (especially ice cream), Handel's Messiah, and he delighted in every aspect of the Christmas season. On weekends, he enjoyed wearing coveralls in his woodworking shop, listening to classical music, chewing tobacco and drinking caffeine-free Diet Coke; but was just as likely to offer his time ...
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                                                    Chattanooga Times
                                                    Free Press

Bach Choir presents music for Lenten season

Chattanooga Times Free Press
The choir will sing Handel's Chandos Anthem, No. 3, "Have Mercy on Me, O God" (Psalm 51); and Heinrich Isaac's Lenten motet "Scapulis suis" (Psalm 91:4-5). "Anticipating our performance of Handel's Messiah in April, we are presenting one of his Chandos Anthems, settings of Psalm texts written in 1717-18 for the first ...
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                                                    FlaglerLive.com

Wednesday Briefing: Mass Marriage On Courthouse Steps, Linda ...

FlaglerLive.com
March 4: Paige Dashner Long conducts Handel's Messiah in two performances in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, ...


February 14, 2018

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                                                    Los Angeles Times

Israel and Egypt, then and now, as filtered through Handel and the ...

Los Angeles Times
There are moments that might remind you of "Messiah," which is a kind of sister oratorio, the only other of Handel's works based exclusively on biblical texts. There are grand double-chorus fugues. The orchestra includes three trombones. The heavens can, like the Red Sea, part. But the choruses of intimacy are just as ...

Audrey Marie Blevins Welch

ColaDaily.com
She was perfectly suited to this role, as she loved singing or accompanying sacred music; whether it was Handel's Messiah or “The Old Rugged Cross” hardly mattered. Her favorite book was the Bible, which she read daily, but she also enjoyed the crime novels of P.D. James, biographies and classics; mere days before her ...
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                                                    NRVN News

Vandenberg, Peter Gerard

NRVN News
He loved trains, bread, desserts (especially ice cream), Handel's Messiah, and he delighted in every aspect of the Christmas season. On weekends, he enjoyed wearing coveralls in his woodworking shop, listening to classical music, chewing tobacco and drinking caffeine-free Diet Coke; but was just as likely to offer his time ...
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                                                    Broadway World

Contralto Avery Amereau Joins ACO In Brahms, Ries, And Schubert ...

Broadway World
On the concert stage, Amereau debuts with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke's, appears at the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and performs Handel's Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony and University Musical Society of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Amereau made her ...
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                                                    The Telegraph

The perfect pairing of professional artists

The Telegraph
In a complete departure from the spirit of the afternoon concert, Campbell and McDuffie presented a brief selection or “scene” from George Frideric Handel's oratorio “Messiah,” giving the audience a sample of the range of Campbell's talent. At the end of the concert, the guest artist, impressed with what he has seen of ...
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                                                    FlaglerLive.com

Tuesday Briefing: Nathaniel Shimmel Pre-Trial, O'Brien Town Hall ...

FlaglerLive.com
March 4: Paige Dashner Long conducts Handel's Messiah in two performances in Palm Coast. (© FlaglerLive The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful chamber music concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Tartini, Handel, ...
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