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!




April 17, 2014
UPDATE:  This week's radio show features Klaus Fischbach's Der Messias

The Messiah: Handel's gift to the poor of London

Telegraph.co.uk
If there's one thing Easter means to a professional British singer, it's not chocolate, God or resurrection, but Messiah – which, for many, is in fact the next best ...
  • Longtime All-Lutheran 'Messiah' director John Sibole dies at 91

    Tulsa World
    John Sibole (right), pictured here with longtime orchestra director D.B. Woods, conducted the annual Tulsa All-Lutheran presentation of Handel'sMessiah” for ...
  • Easter/Passover calendar

    Florida Times-Union
    Handel'sMessiah” by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 6 p.m. refreshments/art gallery; 7 p.m., program; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11951 ...
  • Local churches plan Easter events

    Post-Bulletin
    ... Church in Rochester, Sunday's service will include some old favorites. Back this year are the orchestra and brass band, which will perform Handel's Messiah, ...
  • Churches plan Easter events

    Post-Bulletin
    ... Church in Rochester, Sunday's service will include some old favorites. Back this year are the orchestra and brass band, which will perform Handel's Messiah, ...
  • It's the amazing memory man!

    Worthing Herald
    2004; reciting (and singing) the complete published works of Michael Flanders & Donald Swann from memory in 2006; reciting (singing) Handel's Messiah from ...
  • Reflections on the Easter season

    Carroll County Times
    Composer Handel was short on text but long on music when he conducted the oratorio, “The Messiah” before King George the II of Britain. Legend tells us that ...
  • Local Broadway-inspired musical 'The Rising Son' is high on values

    The Star Online
    ... with the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra and made his conducting debut with a rarely performed full-length production of Handel's Messiah in 2009.


  • April 16, 2014

    Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

    Huffington Post
    The opening shot of a PBS video, "Messiah": Music for the Christmas Season, pans up Washington's magnificent National Cathedral as the soundtrack presents ...
  • Handel's Messiah: 'The Live Aid of its day'

    Telegraph.co.uk
    The event was such a runaway success that Handel's Messiah was performed at the Foundling Hospital in central London's Coram Fields every year after until ...
  • Outpouring of inspired melody

    Citizen
    A smaller than usual orchestra and choir for the annual Easter performance of Handel's Messiah ensured there was a lightness of touch about this performance.
  • Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra and NSU Choirs to ...

    Shreveport Times
    He recently sang Handel'sMessiah” for the first time with First Christian Church of McKinney. Gibson performed “Carmina Burana” with The Irving Symphony ...
  • Canadian baritone has made Madama Butterfly his own

    Ottawa Citizen
    ... Symphony and Calgary Opera, a recording with violinist James Ehnes and a debut with the New York Philharmonic next December in Handel's Messiah.
  • Project String Power to perform portions of The Messiah

    Longview News-Journal
    ... Group String Orchestra invites the public to attend its performance of portions of The Messiah, an oratorio by George Frederic Handel, Friday April 18 at noon.
  • Amanda Vickery: Why we've got the Georgians all wrong

    Telegraph.co.uk
    My own drama documentary, Messiah at the Foundling Hospital, recreates the electrifying charity performance of 1750 which first blazed Handel's oratorio into ...
  • 75 Butterflies

    Ottawa Citizen
    ... Symphony and Calgary Opera, a recording with violinist James Ehnes and a debut with the New York Philharmonic next December in Handel's Messiah.
  • BOARDERS, BOATERS & BRETHReN

    Bristol Post
    I remember in the fifties, productions of Toad of Toad Hall, Pride and Prejudice and A Boy with a Cart, as well as singing Handel's Messiah at St Georges.


  • April 15, 2014

    Keep missing 'Messiah' singalongs at Christmastime? Hallelujah ...

    West Seattle Blog (blog)
    Though Handel'sMessiah” is a Christmastime staple, it was actually written for Easter season. In that spirit, West Side Presbyterian Church is hosting a ...
  • Singing silks: The legal profession gets its own choir with the ...

    The Independent
    The programme includes excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Hear My Prayer. The concert will be followed by a drinks reception in the Master's ...
  • Introducing the Verdi Requiem performers

    Idaho State Journal
    ... throughout Europe and Russia and has sung the Bass solos in other choral works including Handel's Messiah, Stravinsky's Les Noces, Haydn's The Creation, ...
  • Seraphic Fire announces 2014-15 season, new orchestral collaborator

    MiamiHerald.com
    Another Christmas perennial follows, with Handel's Messiah on Dec. 19-21. Performances of Gregorian chant, with the Latin texts sung in staged performances ...
  • New festival to celebrate Dublin's musical diversity

    Irish Times
    Also performing at last night's concert were Our Lady's Choral Society, who performed extracts from Handel's Messiah to celebrate the anniversary of its first ...
  • Music connects three generations of alumnae

    Mennonite World Review
    ... the “Hallelujah” chorus, a tradition that still gets lived out through the college's occasional performance of Handel's Messiah during Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • Raising the bar: from protest songs to messiah

    Law Gazette
    Its first gig is in Temple Church on Monday 23 June, with a programme including excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer. We hope ...
  • Today In History

    Waterbury Republican American
    In 1742, Handel'sMessiah" had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in ...
  • Today in Music History - April 14

    mysask.com
    In 1759, German composer George Frideric Handel died at age 74 in ... He worked mainly in England and Italy, and his most famous work is "The Messiah.


  • April 14, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features "Thou Shalt Break Them".

    How to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 'Messiah' without a ticket

    Salt Lake Tribune
    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir presents Handel's unabridged “Messiah.” With » Orchestra at Temple Square, conductor Mack Wilberg, soprano Kiera Duffy, ...
  • Today in History

    The Southern
    In 1742, Handel's "Messiah" had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in ...
  • St Andrews' Cathedral Choir is on a roll again

    Sydney Morning Herald
    Granted, Handel's Messiah is eternally uplifting but during Sunday's services, as the voices of boy sopranos started cascading across the timbre of older ...
  • Today in history - Pocahontas captured in Virginia Colony

    Gaston Gazette
    In 1742, Handel'sMessiah” had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. In 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in ...
    Today in history, April 13
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  • Raising the bar: from protest songs to messiah

    Law Gazette
    Its first gig is in Temple Church on Monday 23 June, with a programme including excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Mendelssohn's Hear my Prayer. We hope ...
  • University Musical Society touts its new classical season

    The Detroit News
    6-7) of Handel'sMessiah” complete with UMS's trademark audience sing-along for the Hallelujah Chorus. Subscription packages will go on sale to the public ...
  • Sunday Arts calendar (April 13)

    Kansas.com
    Handel'sMessiah,” performed by Bethany Oratorio Society and guest soloists, 3 p.m. April 20, Presser Hall, Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson in Lindsborg.
  • UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 13, 2014

    UPI.com
    On this date in history: In 1742, George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" made its world premiere. In 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, ...
  • Trivia Times April 13, 2014 edition

    Shore News Today
    1742 - George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland. 1782 - Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be ...
  • More human approach to Passion story

    Derby Telegraph
    ... settings of the Passion story – the St Matthew and St John – are as indispensable to the period leading to Easter as Handel's Messiah is to Christmas.
  • Bell, Mitchell, Perlman featured in Broward concert series

    MiamiHerald.com
    James Bass will conduct the singers of South Florida's own Seraphic Fire in a presentation of Handel's Messiah Dec. 19. The series continues Jan. 16 with a ...
  • Daily almanac

    Columbus Dispatch
    In 1742, Handel's Messiah had its first public performance in Dublin, Ireland. • In 1743, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, was born in Shadwell in the ...
  • April 13: Sarah Tiana and other SF events

    San Francisco Examiner
    Handel masterpiece: Oakland Symphony Chorus' performance of the “Messiah” features organist Rudy de Vos, soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo-soprano Amy ...
  • A volunteer's story: What Columbia Chorale means to me

    Columbia Daily Tribune
    ... as Handel'sMessiah,” Orff's “Carmina Burana,” Faure's “Requiem” and Beethoven's “Ninth Symphony,” and performing with full orchestras and major soloists.
  • Today in Music History - April 13

    mysask.com
    In 1742, George Frideric Handel's majestic oratorio, "The Messiah," was first performed, in Dublin. The performance raised 400 pounds for charity. In 1859 ...
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