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 21, 2014

Cattle call for 'Messiah' performers

Cedar Valley Daily Times
WEST UNION - The West Union Community Chorus is announcing the schedule for its 73rd performance of Handel's MESSIAH, which will be held at the West ...
  • The Chicago Community Trust Renews Grant for Chicago-based ...

    eNews Park Forest
    ... 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 ...
  • International Business Times UK

    Zimbabwe adds 'grace' to its intellectual successes

    Zimbabwe Independent
    Throughout the ages, great minds have achieved intellectual feats in no time at all. Handel famously composed The Messiah in only three weeks. Our own first ...


  • October 20, 2014
    UPDATE:  I've added a listing for Arthur Davison's 1968 Messiah (highlights)

    UPDATE:  I've also added a review to Barry Rose's 1973 Messiah (highlights)

    UPDATE:  This week's video features "But who may abide"

    Yuma Ecumenical Choir seeks singers for Handel's 'Messiah'

    Yuma Sun
    “I cannot begin to express how excited I am to once again conduct the Yuma Ecumenical Choir and Yuma Civic Orchestra for another performance of Handel's ...
  • Messiah preparation to begin

    Times Bulletin
    The biennial performance of Handel's Messiah will be Sunday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Van Wert. This is a Christmas tradition ...

  • October 17, 2014

    Fanwood Presbyterian Church to present Handel's 'Messiah' Dec. 7

    The Star-Ledger
    The music ministry of Fanwood Presbyterian Church is preparing for its annual performance of Handel's "Messiah," the Christmas portion, on Sunday, Dec.
  • Disc reviews: Weezer, Handel and Haydn Society, Jenny Q. Chai ...

    Buffalo News
    Handel. Messiah. The Handel and. Haydn Society. [Coro]. ∆∆∆z. The august Handel and Haydn Society is gearing up for its 200th anniversary, and what better ...
  • Young singers flock to Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

    Toronto Star
    The choir, which sings Handel'sMessiah” with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in an annual event at Roy Thomson Hall, also runs its own programming which ...
  • Lexington Symphony celebrates 20th year with Elgar epic

    Boston Globe
    ... March 31 and Handel'sMessiah” at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall in Katowice on April 1, both under music director Martin Pearlman.
  • Sound Listings for Oct. 16

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


  • October 16, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio:  Jeanette Sorrell and Apollo's Fire!

    Rehearsals begin Oct. 19 for 69th presentation of Handel's 'Messiah'

    The Rock River Times
    The 69th annual presentation of Handel'sMessiah” will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. First St., ...
  • South County Fencepost

    Tillamook Headlight Herald
    It's not too late to join rehearsals to perform Handel's Messiah early in December. Midway Choir members, the majority having participated for more than twenty ...
  • 2014-10-15T01:00:00Z Orchestra musicians needed Wiscnews.com

    Juneau County Star-Times
    CAL Center Presents is holding a Community Concert performing Handel's Messiah at 2 p.m. Nov. 30. It has been a number of years since the Messiah has ...
  • A song in her heart

    Midland Daily News
    That year Grace was 29 and prepared the Chorale to sing the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall. Grace directed the children's choir at ...
  • Modern Meets Classic in Symphony's 32nd Season

    Flathead Beacon
    Then, starting in December, the GSC brings back some of its most popular concerts of the year, the “Messiah” series, wherein the musicians bring Handel's ...
  • The Planner: The Long Weekend, Oct. 16-19

    Austin American-Statesman
    ... rounds, spirituals and Beatles songs to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel'sMessiah” and 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. 3.

  • October 15, 2014

    Handel's Messiah Hallelujah!

    My Sunshine Coast (press release)
    Oriana will combine with the Blackstone-Ipswich Cambrian Choir and orchestra to present this concert at 2:00pm on Sunday 23 November at Lake Kawana ...
  • Arcadia Chorale opens season with 'Journeys,' a collection of songs ...

    Scranton Times-Tribune
    The group will present its annual Messiah Sing-Along on Dec. ... the chorale as it performs one of the most timeless pieces of choral music, Handel'sMessiah.”.
  • Community Calendar October 15

    Tillamook Headlight Herald
    Rehearsal for Midway Chorus & Orchestra's presentation of G.F. Handel'sMessiah”– 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Dr.
  • Des Moines and Area News

    DesMoinesRegister.com
    A mass choir will perform “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel'sMessiah” and an arrangement of the hymn “When In Our Music God Is Glorified.” Music in the East ...
  • Pianist Ron Paley is a legend; he's got the trophy to prove it

    Winnipeg Free Press
    14 concert, is called Suite Messiah and features music from Handel's Messiah. -- -- --. Canadian jazz/pop singer Jill Barber brings the shine of Fool's Gold to ...


  • October 14, 2014

    Hunterdon Symphony dedicates Nov. 1 concert to Raymond Wojcik

    Hunterdon County Democrat
    The season will continue on Sunday, December 14, with the Hunterdon Choral Union joining the Symphony for a performance of Handel's Messiah.
  • The Classical Review

    At Handel and Haydn, festive 'Fireworks' for a bicentenary

    Boston Globe
    After a long drumroll of anticipatory programming, the Handel and Haydn ... That first concert also closed with the “Hallelujah” chorus from “Messiah,” and fittingly ...
  • Bahnson gives reading Wednesday at UNC Asheville

    Asheville Citizen-Times
    WEAVERVILLE – First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., will be the rehearsal location for Handel'sMessiah,” sponsored by the Weaverville Music Study Club.
  • The CBSO Centre in Birmingham to host a Percy Pursglove world ...

    Birmingham Post
    Works like Handel's Messiah and in particular Faure's Requiem have never left me,” he explains. “There's nothing quite like the human voice – which shares ...


  • October 13, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features a complete performance from Layola University.

    Handel and Haydn launches 200th anniversary season with ...

    The Classical Review
    Harry Christophers opened the Handel and Haydn Society's 200th .... was music from the work most closely associated with this ensemble, Handel's Messiah.
  • Doctor My Eyes: The Ultimate Cataract Surgery Mix Tape

    Huffington Post
    And a classical music fan suggested "Then Shall The Eyes of the Blind Be Opened" from Handel's Messiah. "From the 28,675 songs in my eyetunes -- sorry, ...
  • Faith News: Aeolian Singers to raise the roof at St Albans Abbey

    Hemel Gazette
    ... Hemel Hempstead's St Mary's Church placed an advert in the Gazette for vocalists to join in a performance of the great 18th century oratio Handel's Messiah.
  • FYI 10-12-14

    Southeast Missourian
    Rehearsals for the 'Messiah' choir will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran ... The choir will sing the major choruses of Handel's "Messiah," including the ...


  • October 10, 2014

    Community chorus planned for Handel's 'Messiah'

    AberdeenNews.com
    ... chorus will join the NSU Concert Choir and the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony. The chorus and orchestra will perform the first part of Handel'sMessiah.
  • The Star Democrat

    Annapolis Chorale's prominence show Green's thumb for growth

    Baltimore Sun
    Performances of Handel's "Messiah" will run Dec. 20-22 at St. Anne's Church. On Feb. 14 and 15 at Maryland Hall, "Fiddler on the Roof" arrives in concert as the ...
  • Music Worcester back for 155th season

    Worcester Telegram
    28 to Oct. 1 in 1858 culminated with a "Grande Finale Concert," as a large chorus performed a program that included selections from Handel's "Messiah." Music ...
  • What's Happening for October (UPDATED Oct. 9)

    SunHerald.com
    Presented by Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus, as part of its 62nd annual performances of Handel's oratorio "Messiah." Free, but donations accepted to support ...
  • 'Celebration of Opera' to help Lynchburg-area food bank

    Lynchburg News and Advance
    The group is composed of Lynchburg College, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community singers. The Choral Union presents Handel's Messiah annually in ...
  • Salt Lake City Weekly

    Sound Listings for Oct. 9

    Daily Herald
    JOYFUL NOISE — Handel wrires "Messiah." Dec. 5-20. Covey Center, Provo. (801) 852-7007. coveycenter.org. JUDAS PRIEST — English heavy metal band.
  • Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere ...

    Broadway World
    ... Prince Go-Go in Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic, and sang Handel's Messiah with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Carnegie Hall.
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