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 19, 2014

Attleboro Sun Chronicle

See Handel's Messiah in Port Washington
On Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. the choir of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Port Washington will present its annual performance of Handel's Messiah.
  • Young conductor makes debut with Handel's Messiah

    Times Colonist
    Tenor Josh Lovell will be the soloist for the Victoria Symphony's performances of Handel's Messiah Friday and Sunday. At age 18, Lovell was a soloist for the ...
  • Handel's Messiah and The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Dec. 21 ...

    If you can't be at Verizon Hall for this Sunday's performance of Messiah, you can listen to last December's LIVE broadcast right here on WRTI - on your radio or ...
  • Handel's 'Messiah'

    East Hampton Star
    A free screening of Handel's “Messiah” will take place tomorrow at 8 p.m. at Guild Hall. Christopher Hogwood, a noted English conductor and musicologist, ...
  • Handel's Messiah and the Carols of Christmas

    Rocklin and Roseville Today
    Performance by Capella Antiqua, The Valley Choral Society and Choir of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, doors open @ 6:30pm.
  • Rising-star conductor Macelaru at helm of Seattle 'Messiah'

    The Seattle Times
    An interview with Cristian Macelaru, who will lead Seattle Symphony, the Chorale and soloists in the orchestra's 2014 performances of Handel's “Messiah.”.
  • Ovation Singers perform "Messiah" at Lee High School.

    Staunton News Leader
    The Ovations Singers present Handel's “Messiah” at Lee High School at 3 p.m. Dec. 21. (Photo: File/The News Leader).
  • Classical music: It's not Christmastime without Handel and Bach
    Handel's most beloved oratorio is presented in collaboration with McCarter Theatre. “The 'Messiah' holds a very special place in the repertoire,” Lacombe says, ...
  • Hallelujah! 'Messiah' returns to church for 69th year

    Times Record News
    n Handel composed the work in a whirlwind 24 days, an amazing feat, ... First Presbyterian Church's performance of George Frederick Handel's “Messiah.”.
  • Join 150 musicians at UPAC for sing-along Messiah

    Almanac Weekly
    The Bardavon's “Handel's Messiah” production will not partake of this new trend. ... in a performance of Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 20 at 2 p.m. at ...

  • December 18, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Werner Hackl's 2005 Der Messias.

    And the glory of Handel's 'Messiah' never fades for conductor

    Just about every musical organization, it seems, celebrates Christmas with performances of Handel's “Messiah.” But the wisest of them, including the San ...
  • Downtown Singers' 'Messiah' returns for Christmas

    Press & Sun-Bulletin-6 minutes ago
    The Binghamton Downtown Singers & Orchestra present Handel's "Messiah" this weekend at Binghamton High School's Helen Foley Theater. (Photo: File).
  • The majesty and grandeur of Handel's 'The Messiah'

    ChicagoNow (blog)
    According to Max Spicker's "Introductory Note" in my copy of the vocal score -- voice lines and basic instrumentation, not the whole orchestra's worth -- " 'The ...
  • Ovation Singers perform “Messiah” at Lee High School.

    Staunton News Leader
    The Ovations Singers present Handel's “Messiah” at Lee High School 3 p.m. Dec. 21. (Photo: File/The News Leader).
  • U-T San Diego

    Eric Idle Brings 'Not the Messiah' to Carnegie Hall

    ABC News
    During a time of year when Handel's "Messiah" is frequently presented around the world, Eric Idle of Monty Python fame brought "Not The Messiah (He's a Very ...
  • What's going on in and around Encinitas

    U-T San Diego
    Directed and choreographed by Sayat Asatryan and Olga Tchekachova. • Christmas Vespers Concert: Handel's Messiah: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, San Dieguito ...
  • Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions
    British conductor Christopher Warren-Green will direct the Houston Symphony, Houston Symphony Chorus and soloists in George Frideric Handel's "Messiah.".
  • Folsom Telegraph

    Golden State Pops to bring snow to San Pedro for the holidays

    The Daily Breeze
    ... Pops Spectacular, an annual event featuring Christmas music and a sing-along version of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel's “Messiah” that may not be the ...
  • 5 A&E events to check out, Dec. 18-21

    Music Director Jeffrey Thomas leads Handel's “Messiah,” with soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Eric Jurenas, tenor Kyle Stegall and baritone Jesse Blumberg ...
  • Best of the best: 5 fun things to do Dec. 18-24
    After a brief rehearsal of George Frideric Handel's sacred masterpiece, audience members will become a choir ... If you have your own “Messiah” score, bring it.

  • December 17, 2014

    Messiah complex: why it's a joy to sing Handel's classic every ...

    The Guardian
    It's a Christmas fixture for many classical music fans, but what's it like to sing it every single year? Countertenor Richard Whittall explains why Handel's ...
  • 74th Handel's 'Messiah' still inspires with majesty and awe

    THE ORCHESTRA of Southern Utah performed its 74th recital of Handel's ... The “Messiah” was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, taking only 24 ...
  • Messiah review – Cardiff Polyponic Choir celebrate their ...

    The Guardian
    Messiah review – Cardiff Polyponic Choir celebrate their anniversary in ... of its standing that it has by tradition sung Handel's Messiah on a triennial basis taking ...
  • Country Oaks to feature Handel and Bach holiday concert

    Tehachapi News
    Messiah, the most famous oratorio ever written, is quite unlike Handel's other ones, with the first performance of Messiah taking place in Dublin, on April 13, ...
  • Wassailing in Williamsville, pleading with the pope, and why “The ...

    Buffalo News
    What a topsy turvy season, when we get to enjoy, all in one week at Kleinhans, two very different renditions of “Comfort ye my people,” from Handel's “Messiah.
  • Annual Mountain Messiah performance is Dec. 21

    Sky Hi Daily News
    The 18th annual Mountain Messiah community sing-a-long will take place at ... of George Frederic Handel's “Messiah,” the Grand County performance is open to ...
  • Two choirs, orchestra shine in 'Messiah by Candlelight'

    Arkansas Online
    Two choirs, orchestra shine in 'Messiah by Candlelight' ... "Hallelujah" chorus of George Frideric Handel's Messiah with orchestra for "Messiah by Candlelight," ...
  • Historical notes about 'Messiah' performances

    Marietta Times
    Longtime area music lovers, especially those who have attended or participated in performances of Handel's "Messiah," may recall the 100th performance of the ...
  • Frozen and Messiah seasonal music presented by orchestra
    This year's guests include soprano Jennifer Tung and tenor Jonathan Sandberg singing favourite excerpts from Handel's Messiah and other Christmas classics, ...
  • Holiday calendar of events

    Online Athens
    Handel's Messiah: 7 p.m., Hodgson Concert Hall, 230 River Rd. Also on Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature The Knights Chamber Orchestra from New ...

  • December 16, 2014

    Sing-along Messiah with a crusty Handel at the helm

    The Globe and Mail
    Performed on period instruments by the orchestra and sung by a choir of 23 singers, Tafelmusik's historically informed Messiah has impressed Toronto ...
  • Guest vocalists make Symphony Nova Scotia debut in Handel's ... (registration)
    Symphony Nova Scotia performs Handel's Messiah on Dec. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Halifax's Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Guest conductor is Jordan de Souza, ...
  • A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

    Jefferson Public Radio
    To celebrate its bicentennial this season, the group made a new recording of a holiday perennial, Handel's Messiah, which also happens to be one of the first ...
  • 'Messiah' performance inspires audience in Torrington

    Torrington Register Citizen
    Singers and orchestra members of the First Congregational Church of Torrington perform the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah” in Torrington on Sunday ...
  • Prince George Citizen

    Eric Idle Brings Comic Oratorio Based On "Life Of Brian" To ...

    Beside sending up Handel's Messiah, the comic oratorio features a pastiche of musical styles that range from Broadway, country and pop to doo-wop, hip hop ...
  • Top 5 NY shows this week: Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison, Kelli ...
    Masterwork 'Messiah' — New Jersey's Masterwork Chorus gives its annual performance of Handel's 'Messiah' at Carnegie Hall – for the last time under music ...
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press

    Health Column: A holiday music prescription

    Glenwood Springs Post Independen
    George Frideric Handel composed the oratorio, “Messiah” in 1741, and the “Hallelujah” chorus is perhaps one of the most celebrated works of the Christmas ...
  • KBTX

    Spiritual and religious events for week of Dec. 18 to 24, 2014

    York Daily Record/Sunday News
    The evening will conclude with a congregational singalong of Handel's Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus. For details, call 717-855-0036. Eastminster Presbyterian ...
  • Fairbanks conductor keeps music alive

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
    Hibshman was preparing the high school choir to sing the entirety of George Frideric Handel's “Messiah” from memory when Eads caught her eye. “I mocked her ...
  • Entertainment Announcements: Naval Academy Band holiday ...
    ... L. Shire, "The Very Best Time of the Year" by John Rutter, Mozart's "Fa La La" by Phillip Kern and ending with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah.".
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