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!


July 25, 2014

Apollo's Fire Announces 2014-15 Season, Which Includes THE ...

Broadway World
"Handel's Messiah" performs December 11-15. Featuring favorite vocalists Meredith Hall (soprano), Amanda Powell (mezzo-soprano), Ross Hauck (tenor) and ...
  • Spectator letters: In defence of women ministers, Handel and lefty sex

    Spectator.co.uk (blog)
    Sir: I cannot speak for Handel's librettist for the Messiah, Dr Jennens. But I am certain that Handel himself would have eschewed any intention of upsetting ...


  • July 24, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Sir Malcolm Sargent's 1946 Messiah.

    The New York Choral Society Presents 54th Annual SUMMER ...

    Broadway World
    The 2014 series features monumental works including four of the most recognized pieces in the classical repertoire including Handel's Messiah tonight, July 23; ...
  • Gerard Floriano Named New Artistic Director of Rochester Chamber ...

    Broadway World
    The orchestra's annual performance of Handel's Messiah is scheduled for December 7th, directed by Dr. Fetler. Details of the entire season will be forthcoming.
  • New Music Director at Holy Spirit Church in Tuckerton Is Operatic ...

    The SandPaper
    ... and as a soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in Berlioz' oratorio 'L'enfance du Christ,' Handel's 'Messiah,' and Carl Orff's extremely popular 'Carmina Burana.
  • Parkside Singers auditions set for Sept. 8

    Journal Times-
    The auditions and fall rehearsals prepare members for December performances of George Frideric Handel's masterwork “Messiah” in the Frances Bedford ...
  • The University Musical Society Choral Union Announces Auditions ...

    Broadway World
    ... November 14 - Hill Auditorium); two performances of Handel's Messiah with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Choral Union music ...


  • July 23, 2014

    Rochester Chamber Orchestra names new Artistic Director

    Rochester City Newspaper
    ... as Music Director next year, David Felter will become Conductor Laureate, returning every year to direct the RCO's annual performance of Handel's "Messiah.".


    July 22, 2014

    Vail Daily health column: Are musicians athletes?

    Vail Daily News
    In a 2-minute section of three-hour Handel'sMessiah” (Why Do the Nations aria) violinist makes 740 strokes. Another passage demands the violinist bow 38 ...
  • UW-Parkside Holds Auditions for "Messiah"

    SouthMilwaukeeNOW.com
    The auditions and fall rehearsals prepare members for December performances of George Frideric Handel's masterwork in the beautiful, acoustically superb ...


  • July 21, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features "For Unto Us A Child Is Born"

    Rochester Chamber Orchestra Names New Leader

    WXXI News
    ... and after Floriano takes over, Fetler will become conductor laureate and as part of that position will conduct the annual performance of Handel's Messiah.
  • Music on the Mount: In Esopus, Protestant Bruderhof installs organ ...

    Kingston Daily Freeman
    “We want to be able to share it with the wider community like during Christmas when we do (George Frideric) Handel'sMessiah,” Winter said. “It is a gift and a ...
  • Classical: A beguiling collection of cultural treasures

    Irish Independent
    It was at its peak when Dublin was a centre of musical excellence, the place Handel chose to premiere his Messiah, the event which would inspire that ...


  • July 18, 2014

    Is Handel's Messiah anti-Semitic?

    Spectator.co.uk
    The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel's Messiah. For example, it's used in a TV ...
  • Howzzat: A fictitious diary of Imran Khan

    Daily Mail
    On Sunday, my bestie Moby and I went to the Royal Albert Hall where they're playing Handel's Messiah. "Let's go for an orange juice at the pub opposite and ...
  • Comment on Why Jews don?t dare criticize Israel by JamesHalifax

    Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)
    spectator.co.uk meldet: The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel?s Messiah.
  • Visual curiosity

    Ad-Hoc-News (Pressemitteilung)
    spectator.co.uk meldet dazu: The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel?s Messiah.


  • July 17, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Jeannette Sorrell''s 1996 Messiah.

    Fond farewells to Peterborough Cathedral director of music and ...

    Peterborough Telegraph
    The young choristers, who leave when they reach the end of Year 8, received a bound copy of Handel's Messiah from the Dean Rev Charles Taylor.
  • Anderson Ranch in Snowmass to honor the Scholls, Theaster Gates

    Aspen Times
    Many of the Random Acts have turned into viral videos online, like a 650-member choir singing the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel'sMessiah” in a ...
  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD

    Florida Weekly
    ... classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel'sMessiah” by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.

  • July 16, 2014
    No news today.

    July 15, 2014

    The Inquisitr

    Sideswipe: July 15: Offensive slogans

    New Zealand Herald
    ... from a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic for disrupting a performance of Handel's Messiah by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.
  • Houston Symphony Chorus director Hausmann announces his ...

    Your Houston News-
    Additional Houston Symphony Chorus repertoire during the 2014-15 season will include Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's Third Symphony, and Handel's Messiah, ...
  • Child retaliates against camper van humour

    New Zealand Herald
    ... from a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic for disrupting a performance of Handel's Messiah by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.


  • July 14, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features two tenor arias

    News of the Weird for July 13

    Daily Herald
    ... classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel's "Messiah" by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.
  • John McGrath: Baseball history alive and well in Tacoma exhibit

    The Olympian
    Karpeles' more prized personal acquisitions are Pope Lucius III's proclamation of the Holy Crusade and the musical notes to Handel'sMessiah,” copied in ...


  • July 11, 2014

    SPECIAL TO THE BLADE

    Toledo Blade
    ... professor of music education and choral activities at Bowling Green State University, will take singers through undersung choruses from Handel's Messiah on ...
  • Festival's record attraction

    St Helens Today
    Among other stand-out moments were a performance of Handel's Messiah by a 100-strong 'come-and-sing' chorus and a Young Instrumentalist of Prescot ...
  • Kingston Orpheus Choir celebrate 70 years singing together

    Your Local Guardian
    "The choir has performed all the major choral works including Handel's Messiah, Mendelsohnn's Elijah, Brahm's Requiem and Fauré's Requiem, many times ...
  • An Opera in English? In a Bar in Conway?

    Log Cabin Democrat
    Some of his repertoire includes: “La Boheme,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Mozart's Requiem,” “Bach's Magnificat,” “Handel's Messiah,” and “Gianni Schicchi.”.


  • July 10, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Anne Heider's 1995 Messiah (choruses).

    Chuck Shepherd's News of The Weird

    Express Milwaukee
    ... a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic in June for disrupting a performance of Handel's Messiah by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.
  • Special show for 50 years of choral society

    Burton Mail
    Its first public concert was in May, 1964, at St Mary's Church, in Rolleston, and featured Handel's Messiah. Since then it has greatly widened its repertoire to ...
  • Prescot goes to the Proms

    Liverpool Echo
    Among other stand-out moments was a performance of Handel's 'Messiah', by a 100-strong 'come-and-sing' chorus, and a Young Instrumentalist of Prescot ...
  • Mozart for lunch at St John's Smith Square

    Classical-Music.com
    ... first concert of the piece at St John's Smith Square, Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Handel's Messiah.
  • Having a summer Fling!

    Sooke News Mirror
    Her extensive repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, De Falla's El Amor Brujo, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Davidde ...
  • Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies: the twin titans of ...

    Telegraph.co.uk
    He has a particular fascinated loathing for the foxtrot, but Handel's “Comfort Ye” from Messiah also gets a thorough mauling in Eight Songs. It's hard to fathom the ...
  • Haaretz

    This Day, July 10, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

    Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
    ... indicated a time when Israel would be restored by coming to faith in their Messiah. ... 1733: George Frederick Handel conducted the premiere performance of ...
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