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


November 27, 2014
UPDATE:  This week's radio features highlights will Bella Voce - Happy Thanksgiving!

The Making of Handel's 'Messiah,' on BYUtv

New York Times
On Thursday night, BYUtv broadcasts “Handel's Messiah,” a decently made documentary about how one of the most beloved pieces of music ever created came ...
  • mysouthborough

    Free 'Messiah' concert returns Sunday at the Bob Carr

    Orlando Sentinel
    The Messiah Choral Society will present its 42nd annual performance of Handel's “Messiah” this Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando. The show ...
  • Handel's "Messiah" To Showcase Dream Orchestra At Dec. 5 Santa ...

    Santa Monica Mirror
    Santa Monica will host Handel's popular holiday oratorio “The Messiah” with acclaimed director Daniel Suk and young local soprano Golda Berkman promising ...
  • In a new biography, Harris composes a fugal view of Handel

    Boston Globe
    With Handel's “Messiah” at hand once again — the Handel and Haydn Society's annual performances are Friday through Sunday and Boston Baroque's follow ...
  • A HOLIDAY TRADITION: Maryville College ensembles gather to ...

    The Daily Times
    The tradition of “Messiah” itself dates back several hundred years: It was first performed in 1742, and since the death of Handel, it's become custom to perform it ...
  • Music Gift Guide: Holiday albums

    Boston Globe
    Recorded during last year's performances in Symphony Hall, this CD release of Handel's “Messiah” gives an accurate picture of what artistic director Harry ...
  • Messiah returns to New Bern for 32nd annual performance in ...

    New Bern Sun Journal
    Conductor James Ogle returns to New Bern for the 32nd performance of George Friderick Handel's “Messiah” on Dec. 15. The annual holiday concert is at ...
  • UW-Green Bay Music, local artists and high schools to present ...

    UWGB
    ... will present George Frederic Handel's classic Messiah, along with Ludwig van ... This performance of Handel's renowned work draws on the collaborative ...
  • 11 holiday shows to see in Chicago

    WGN-TV
    6) The Do-It-Yourself Messiah has been a Chicago tradition since 1976. Handel's Messiah, also known as the Hallelujah Chorus, is one of the most beloved ...
  • Hawaii Symphony Orchestra To Play Messiah With Sing-Along ...

    Urban Oahu
    The Oahu Choral Society (OCS) will join the HSO for the second half of the concert, performing Handel's Messiah Part I with a triumphant sing-along Hallelujah ...


  • November 26, 2014

    The Park Record

    Drew University to Perform Handel's Messiah For the First Time on ...

    Patch.com
    For the first time in Drew University history, students, staff and guest musicians will perform Handel's Messiah, the oratorio known for its magnificent “Hallelujah ...
  • Centenary news

    Shreveport Times
    For more information, call 869-5011 or visit www.centenary.edu. Camerata will present Handel's 'Messiah'. The Centenary College Camerata choral ensemble, ...
  • Lyric preparing for 'Messiah,' 'Anything Goes'

    Brownwood Bulletin
    The Lyric Performing Arts Company has presented the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah” annually for more than a decade, and this season the ...
  • Morris County news and upcoming events

    Daily Record
    Handel's “Messiah,” the well-known oratorio foretelling Christ's birth, most famously though its magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be performed in the concert ...
  • Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents Winter Baroque

    Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
    1 by J.S. Bach, as well as excerpts from Handel's Messiah. The performance concludes with a sing-along for audience members to join in singing some holiday ...
  • Salisbury Post

    Youth Scholarship Winners to Perform with Grosse Pointe ...

    Patch.com
    The combined choirs of the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus and the Our Lady Star of the Sea choir will do selections from Handel's Messiah. Spencer Grasl, a ...
  • Curiocity: Q&A With Orpheum's General Waverly

    CBS Local
    I love Christmas Eve services, and for many years would go to sing-along services of Handel's “Messiah.” Is there anything in particular you are looking forward ...
  • Masterworks Chorale to host 'Messiah Sing' in Lexington

    Wicked Local Lexington
    Masterworks Chorale will present its annual "Messiah Sing" at 8 p.m. Dec. ... in two widely popular sing-along performances of Handel's magnificent oratorio ...
  • Choir to perform 'Messiah' at MP Presbyterian Church

    The Beverly Review
    Charles T. Hayes leads a rehearsal with chorus members who will perform Handel's “Messiah,” one of the great choral masterpieces of all time, on Sunday, Dec.
  • Classical music and dance options abound in Cleveland during the ...

    cleveland.com (blog)
    Cleveland's Baroque orchestra is again the professional source for Handel's "Messiah" this season, offering the work in full as well as two slightly abbreviated ...


  • November 25, 2014

    Lyric Theatre to Present Handel's Messiah Dec. 1 & 2, Tickets Now ...

    Brownwood News (blog)
    The Brownwood Lyric Theatre will present Handel's Messiah on Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd and tickets are now available for purchase ...
  • Maryville College ensembles to present Handel's 'Messiah' Dec. 1

    The Daily Times
    What was once an annual Christmas tradition in Blount County for more than 50 years will be performed again at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Clayton Center for the ...
  • New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra Presents Handel's ...

    Broadway World
    Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra present Handel's Messiah with the Montclair State University Singers and ...
  • Powerful music of Messiah heads for Warwick Arts Centre

    Coventry Telegraph
    Handel's Messiah is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated pieces of classical music ever composed, with lyrical melodies and rousing choruses depicting the ...
  • Performance of 'Messiah' benefits Family Promise

    Great Falls Tribune
    In this case, it's Handel's classic oratorio “Messiah.” ... The performance will be part one of “Messiah,” traditionally considered the Christmas section, plus the ...
  • Festival winner to take the stage for 'Messiah'

    Journal Pioneer
    A rising star of Canadian choral music, tenor Marcel D'Entremont will perform Handel's Messiah alongside Paula Rockwell, Natalie Sullivan, Nathan Keoughan, ...
  • National Music Festival winner to take the stage for 'Messiah'

    Journal Pioneer
    A rising star of Canadian choral music, tenor Marcel D'Entremont will perform Handel's Messiah alongside Paula Rockwell, Natalie Sullivan, Nathan Keoughan, ...
  • Hood choir performs Messiah to mirror first performance

    Frederick News Post (subscription)
    ... Hood College choir and alumni performed George Frideric Handel's "Messiah." ... group this year because it was similar to the first performance of "Messiah.
  • Auditions for November 24 through November 30

    The Daily Progress
    Messiah Sing-In: Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to participate in annual rehearsal and performance of Handel's “Messiah” at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 in Cabell ...
  • Networks, cable channels deck their schedules with holiday offerings

    Fresno Bee
    “Handel's Messiah,” 6 p.m. Nov. 27, BYUtv: Jane Seymour narrates this look at George Handel's most famous work. • “Santa Hunters,” 7 p.m. Nov.


  • November 24, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features a complete performance from Spain?
    Deseret News

    Pacific Symphony to Perform HANDEL'S MESSIAH, 12/14

    Broadway World
    Orange County, Calif.-Nov. 21, 2014-Rejoice in the inspired melodies and theatrical mastery of "Handel's Glorious Messiah" when Pacific Symphony performs ...
  • Ravenwood High School Chorus does 'Messiah' in New York

    The Tennessean
    Ravenwood High School Chorus has been invited to perform in the Distinguished Concerts International's annual concert of Handel's "Messiah" on Sunday.
  • Holiday Arts Preview: David Fetler's finale among 'Messiah' shows

    Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    Handel's Messiah features conductor David Fetler in his last year as music director of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. This annual tradition, this year at 7 p.m. ...
  • 5 things to do in Boston Nov. 24-30

    Boston Globe
    You know the holidays are near when Handel's Messiah comes to town. The classic oratorio was first presented by the Handel and Haydn Society in 1815, with ...
  • Messiah Sing Dec. 19

    Wicked Local Plymouth
    Messiah and Carol Sing-along” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. ... and the familiar choruses from Part I of Handel's masterpiece, concluding with the Hallelujah Chorus.
  • KELOLAND TV

    Our holiday calendar will keep you busy

    Sioux Falls Argus Leader
    South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's performance of Handel's Messiah, First Lutheran Church, 327 S. Dakota Ave., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21; get ...
  • School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from ...

    Reason (blog)
    ... Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, White Christmas, Black Christmas (a slasher movie) and—heck—Handel's Messiah.
  • Chamber Singers host fourth 'Messiah' sing-along

    Colorado Springs Gazette
    Composed in only 24 days in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, the English- language oratorio "Messiah," with text from the King James Bible, is Handel's most ...
  • Southwest Arts Group debuts holiday concert

    Albuquerque Journal
    The Herald Angels Sing,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” as well an excerpt from Handel's “Messiah.” The concert is the ...
  • Southern Miss choirs, orchestra to herald holidays with annual ...

    Meridian Star
    Also on the program are several movements of Handel's Messiah arranged by Dr. Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Under the direction ...

  • November 21, 2014

    Holiday Guide 2014: More 'Messiah' than you can Handel

    Indianapolis Star
    Composer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Born in Germany, Handel made his name by bringing Italian opera to England and became a naturalized ...
  • Oratorio Society of New York to Present Handel's MESSIAH, 12/22

    Broadway World
    "Annual performances of Handel's Messiah have been a New York tradition from the time New York culture began to assert itself," says Oratorio Society of New ...
  • OP church to present Handel's 'Messiah'

    Bee news.com
    Music and the Arts of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will present the Advent Chorale of Western New York along with soloists and the Western New York ...
  • Handel's 'Messiah' to be performed

    Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
    GALION – Handel's “Messiah” will be presented by the Galion Community Chorus and Orchestra at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the First United Church of Christ, 248 ...
  • LCCC choir to host "Sing-Along Messiah"

    The Edwardsville Intelligencer
    ... series this holiday season with “Sing-Along Messiah” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. ... usher in the holiday season singing the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah.”.
  • Choirs to Perform Popular Holiday Concert

    High Point University (press release) (blog)
    The concerts will include a performance of George Frideric Handel's “Messiah” by the combined choirs of HPU, including members from the Chamber Singers, ...
  • Classical music gets spotlight in Tulare County

    Visalia Times-Delta
    Debuted in 1741, Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland. ... "I first sang Handel's Messiah with a professional chorus in Southern California ...
  • Young Singles Set up for The Festival of the Nativity

    Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
    5th at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Northeast High School Exit One Show Choir followed at 7:00 p.m. with Handel's Messiah, presented by the Nashville ...
  • USM Choirs and Orchestra to hold Holiday Choral Spectacular Dec ...

    Hattiesburg American
    Also on the program are several movements of Handel's Messiah arranged by Dr. Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Under the direction ...
  • Religious Briefs for Nov. 20

    Belvoir Eagle
    This group will rehearse during the month of November and then perform Part One, the Christmas Section, of Handel's Messiah with a professional orchestra ...
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