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!


NEW RELEASES OCTOBER, 2014


October 31, 2014
UPDATE:  I've added a review to Emmanuelle Haim's Messiah on Erato.

Christchurch City Choir to perform Handel's Messiah

Voxy
The Christchurch City Choir is preparing once again to perform perennial Christmas favourite, Handel's Messiah, continuing a 23 year old tradition of presenting ...
  • Middletown: GMChorale Chamber Singers to perform concerts in ...

    Middletown Press-
    In preparation for this event, GMChorale is hosting a conversation with two maestros, “What's So Great About Handel's Messiah?” to give both performers and ...
  • MVNU to Host Central Ohio Honors Choirs

    Morrow County Sentinel
    ... at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where he directs the MVNU Collegians Chorale and the annual MVNU Choral Union presentation of Handel's Messiah.
  • Sound Listings for Oct. 30

    Daily Herald
    JOYFUL NOISE — Handel writes "Messiah." Dec. 5-20. Covey Center, Provo. (801) 852-7007. coveycenter.org. JUDAS PRIEST — English heavy metal band.
  • Fen Ditton and Horningsea News

    Cambridge News
    ... on Saturday, November 29th, Eyehall Musick and Fen Edge Singers will perform part 1 of Handel's 'Messiah', that tells the Christmas story, The performers will ...
  • Main Events 10/30/14

    Leader-Telegram
    The concert will feature “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel. New UW-Eau Claire faculty members Jessica Usherwood, soprano, and Bethany Stiles, ...
  • Record-Searchlight

    What's On guide

    Worksop Today
    ... be shown at The Savoy, Worksop. Music. Handel's Messiah will be presented by Mansfield Choral Society at Mansfield Palace Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £15.
  • The Barbican asks “how do you feel?”

    Design Week
    ... and Architecture in the Modern Age, and if you're feeling “joyful” it suggests a screening of Björk's Biophilia Live film or a performance of Handel's Messiah.
  • Harrogate Neighbourhood News: October 30

    Harrogate Advertiser
    Handel's Messiah: has become an annual feature in Nidderdale with it being performed at a different church each year. This year the venue is Holy Trinity ...
  • Oakville's Musikay is putting a little 'magic' in its seventh season

    InsideHalton.com
    20, the group presents its annual Messiah performance, which features music from Handel, as part of its wonderful Christmas tradition. Musikay's season closes ...


  • October 30, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio:  Features the new Harry Christophers Messiah with the Handel + Haydn Society.

    Handel's 'Messiah,' a concert for a cause

    Sun.Star
    THE Christmas songs in George Frederic Handel's Messiah, along with present-day Christmas carols, will be sung by the New Life Sounds Choir, led by Urduja ...
  • EAC invites community to sing Handel's 'Messiah'

    Eastern Arizona Courier
    THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College's Music Department is pleased to announce rehearsals for its 78th annual performance of Handel'sMessiah,” which is ...
  • 100 musicians to perform 'Messiah' at the Prince of Wales Opera ...

    Mudgeee Guardian
    Soprano Helen Barnett will perform in Handel's Messiah at the Gulgong ... Conductor William Moxey will lead around 100 musicians and singers in the Messiah.
  • Renowned choir to perform Brahms, Rossini, Ešenvalds

    SFA The Pine Log Online
    “(We sing some of] history's most important pieces of music,) including all of Handel's 'Messiah,' with an authentic Baroque orchestra.” In May 2015, the A ...
  • PSO performs music to celebrate Halloween

    Daily Athenaeum
    Loh made his debut on the main classical series Handel's Messiah conducting in 2008. Loh's affiliation with PSO began as an assistant conductor in 2005, and ...
  • Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

    GazetteNET
    1, played by Watson, Susanna Ogata, a tenured member of the Handel and ... The next performance by The Arcadia Players will be Handel'sMessiah,” on Dec.
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    IT-Director.com
    Never have the words of Handel's Messiah felt more apt than they do today; "all we, like sheep, have gone astray". The unremitting development of new ...
  • Fullfilling a passion for singing in the chorus

    Sooke News Mirror
    But his penultimate joy in chorus work is singing Handel's Messiah with full orchestral and choral support to a receptive and grateful audience. It becomes an ...
  • What's On guide

    Derbyshire Times
    ... 2190 or www.buxtonfestival.co.uk Music. Handel's Messiah will be presented by Mansfield Choral Society at Mansfield Palace Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets £15.

  • October 29, 2014

    Datebook: October 28 - Halloween Concerts, Robert Nunley ...

    WKMS
    Local singers are invited to participate in a performance of Handel's Messiah to be held at First Baptist Church in Paris, Tennessee. Rehearsals are Tuesday ...
  • PSO performs music to celebrate Halloween

    Daily Athenaeum
    Loh made his debut on the main classical series Handel's Messiah conducting in 2008. Loh's affiliation with PSO began as an assistant conductor in 2005, and ...
  • The Winston-Salem Symphony Celebrates Broadway with Plugged ...

    Camel City Dispatch
    He performed in the 25th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and starred as the Tenor in the 2010 national concert tour of Handel's Messiah Rocks.
  • Mansfield Choral Society to present Messiah at Palace Theatre

    Derbyshire Times
    They are joined by new voices from the local community to perform Handel's sacred oratorio, Messiah, on Saturday, November 1, at 7.30pm. Although Mansfield ...
  • Broward Center hopes Bell will ring in new era for classical series

    South Florida Classical Review
    The Miami choir Seraphic Fire will sing Handel's Messiah. For hardcore classical fans there will be a recital by the highly respected young American pianist ...
  • St. John Brebeuf's Elijah concert stars Park Ridge resident David ...

    Chicago Tribune
    The overall series runs until Spring, 2015 with the next performance being Handel's Messiah on Dec. 2, 2014. Call 847-966-8145 or visit www.sjbrebeuf.org for ...
  • Community Calendar

    The Middlesboro Daily News
    Following the parade, the first Tri-State Messiah Sing Along staging Handel's famous work will begin at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. • • • • • • •.
  • 10-29-14 The Chicago Community Trust Renews Grant for Chicago ...

    The Shopper Online
    ... 2014 at 8 p.m. which showcases Rodrick Dixon and Alfreda Burke (stars of the Auditorium Theatre's “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah”) singing a ...
  • A grand venue for an atmospheric evening of carols

    Bristol Post
    The concert will feature musicians in full 18th Century costume and extracts from Handel's Messiah and Zadok the Priest, plus all the usual well-known carols.


  • October 28, 2014
    UPDATE:  I've added a listing for Gerald H. Edmonds' 2013 Messiah (excerpts)

    Chris Rosenblum | Bellefonte singer Amanda Silliker continues to ...

    Centre Daily Times
    Alto soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Handel'sMessiah,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Our Lady of Victory Church in State College; 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, First ...

    October 27, 2014

    UPDATE:  I've added a review to Harry Christopher's 2013 Messiah

    UPDATE:  This week's video features Dr. Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus

    GMChorale Celebrates Several Traditions with November's ...

    Hartford Courant
    In preparation for this event, GMChorale is hosting a conversation with two maestros, "What's So Great About Handel's Messiah?" to give both performers and ...
  • On the Fridge

    Pacific Daily News
    Would you like to join others in performing Handel's "Messiah" and other wonderful songs of the season? The Cantate Community Choir is the place for you!
  • Chris Rosenblum | Bellefonte singer Amanda Silliker continues to ...

    Centre Daily Times
    Alto soloist with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Handel'sMessiah,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Our Lady of Victory Church in State College; 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, First ...
  • MUSON COMES OF AGE

    THISDAY Live
    Then followed two Baroque Arias: “How Beautiful are the Feet” from Handel's Messiah and “When I am Laid on Earth” by Purcell performed by the soprano Ranti ...


  • October 24, 2014

    St. George Daily Spectrum

    DSO seeks chorus leaders

    Danville Commercial News
    ... "Five Sketches After Dickens," two Disney suites, selections from "The Many Moods of Christmas" as well as the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.
  • Sacramento Choral Society keeps up the classical beat

    Sacramento Bee
    “It's a very difficult program,” Kendrick said. “Handel has so many notes; the runs just seem to go on and on. But like (Handel's) 'Messiah,' it's such uplifting music ...
  • Brian Stucki to perform at Fairview Museum

    Daily Herald
    He was recently the featured tenor soloist in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Easter performance of Handel's Messiah. He holds a bachelor's degree from ...
  • Sonoma State Star

    Sound Listings for Oct. 23

    Daily Herald
    JOYFUL NOISE — Handel writes "Messiah." Dec. 5-20. Covey Center, Provo. (801) 852-7007. coveycenter.org. JUDAS PRIEST — English heavy metal band.
  • On the fridge

    Pacific Daily News
    Would you like to join others in performing Handel's "Messiah" and other wonderful songs of the season? The Cantate Community Choir is the place for you!
  • Hunterdon Symphony to dedicate Nov. 1 concert to Raymond Wojcik

    New Jersey Hills
    The season will continue on Sunday, December 14, with the Hunterdon Choral Union joining the Symphony for a performance of Handel's Messiah.
  • Apollo Chorus to Perform Free Concert at St. John Cantius Church ...

    Broadway World
    ... two performances of what has become a renowned Chicago tradition: Apollo Chorus's signature rendition of the classic piece, Handel's Messiah, on Saturday, ...
  • So you think you can sing?

    monroviaweekly
    ... 7:30-8:30 at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 E. Foothill Blvd. Monrovia. Performance shall include music from Handel's Messiah and other Christmas music.
  • Big Apple Holiday

    Orlando Magazine
    On a different note, Musica Sacra's rendition of Handel's Messiah will be performed at Carnegie Hall (carnegiehall.org) on Dec. 23. Or listen to jazz legend Louis ...
  • 161-year-old Philharmonic faces closure after council grant snub

    Sydney Morning Herald
    This year's performances of Handel's Messiah, at Melbourne Town Hall on December 14, and Carols in the Cathedral, at St Paul's Cathedral on December 19 ...


  • October 23, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio:  Features the complete Stephen Cleobury recording from 2009.

    Singers wanted for 69th Messiah

    Manteca Bulletin
    RIPON – The Ripon Oratorio Society will be celebrating the Christmas season with the 69th presentation of Handel's Messiah on Sunday, Dec. 7. The program ...
  • A trip through history for a song

    Bakersfield Californian
    For instance, Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland, in a concert hall. Oratorios, for instance, were very popular and the text, even today, ...
  • On the fridge

    Pacific Daily News
    Would you like to join others in performing Handel's "Messiah" and other wonderful songs of the season? The Cantate Community Choir is the place for you!
  • Babe concert heads star-packed 2015 Melbourne Symphony ...

    Sydney Morning Herald
    Old favourites are safely back, including a top-ranked quartet of singers for Handel's Messiah in December, the three free Sydney Myer Music Bowl concerts in ...
  • Timothy Spall on his love of artistic 'nonsense', Baroque music - and ...

    Classic FM
    As a child he would lie on his bed switching between listening to Jimi Hendrix at one moment and Handel's Messiah the next. So when award-winning director ...


  • October 22, 2014

    2014-15 Theatre Guide: From Shakespeare to slapstick, a terrific ...

    CapitalGazette.com
    Still, tickets are about to go on sale for the academy's 68th annual Handel's "Messiah" concerts on Dec. 6-7. In late February, beautiful Mahan Hall on the ...
  • Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra's season opener to feature ...

    MLive.com
    "Two weeks after the assassination, we were joined by the Saginaw Choral Society in a performance of Handel's 'Messiah,'" he remembered. "In some ways it ...
  • On the fridge

    Pacific Daily News
    Do you enjoy singing Christmas music? Would you like to join others in performing Handel's "Messiah" and other wonderful songs of the season? The Cantate ...
  • Claire Cunningham: Gripping piece that is just our cup of tea

    Belfast Telegraph
    Christian songs like Handel's Messiah and Lord Of The Dance refer to disability as something which needs to be cured. Muslims keep the disabled out of public ...
  • Canticum Chamber Choir back in Gold City

    Gympie Times
    The choir sang Handel's Messiah at QPAC at the end of 2013, and as part of a hectic concert schedule this year has sung with Andrea Bocelli for the second ...
  • Community Calendar

    The Middlesboro Daily News
    Following the parade, the first Tri-State Messiah Sing Along staging Handel's famous work will begin at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. • • • • • • •.
  • Carlton Fisk, The Homer and Oversight of a Profitable Subsidiary

    JD Supra (press release)
    Fenway's organist played the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah while Fisk rounded the bases. One for the ages indeed as it appeared the Baseball ...
  • Crowds join in for special musical day

    Gazette Series
    ... performed a fun-sized Messiah aimed at the younger members of the public. ... “We believe they went home knowing who Handel was, that the conductor uses ...
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