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!




March 30, 2015
UPDATE:  This week's video features the Pifa (Sinfonia)

Good Friday service to include excerpts from Handel's Messiah

Truro Daily News
TRURO – A local church will include excerpts from Handel's Messiah in their ... of Messiah, featuring organist Lisa Annand and soloists Helen Bell, Sheena ...
  • Becket, Arthur George

    Rapid City Journal
    He married in Lead, SD, on June 6, 1970. He met his wife singing “Handel's Messiah” in choir at Black Hills State College. He always said the messiah brought ...
  • Keeping classical cool: Oldest US arts group turns 200

    Columbia Daily Tribune
    And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society. .... in the United States, including household names such as Handel's "Messiah.".
  • DJ Marshmello setting the record STRAIGHT

    Jamaica Observer
    "My personal collection is pretty diverse, I have from Handel's Messiah to Vybz Kartel on vinyl. My collection is growing as I collect from individual artistes as well ...


  • March 27, 2015

    Handel'sMessiah” Returns

    Luther College Chips
    After an 11-year hiatus, George Frideric Handel'sMessiah” is coming back to Luther. The Cathedral Choir, Collegiate Chorale and Nordic Choir, along with the ...
  • Review: Audience "uplifted" by Händel's Messiah at Bishop's ...

    Herts and Essex Observer
    Bishop's Stortford College's Memorial Hall was filled with the sounds of Händel's Messiah on Sunday. Richard Allaway, a musician who helps run ...
  • Axtell Area Oratorio Society to perform selections from 'Messiah'

    Kearney Hub
    More than 90 performers will help bring “Messiah” to life in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at ... J. Rodney Wendell will direct Handel'sMessiah” as he has since 1958.
  • H+H Exhibits its Wares on Anniversary Day

    The Boston Musical Intelligencer
    Over the course of time, this organization has presented the US premieres of Handel's Messiah (1818), Haydn's The Creation (1819), Verdi's Requiem (1878), ...
  • Wichita arts calendar for March 29

    Kansas.com-
    Handel'sMessiah,” presented by the Bethany Oratorio Society and guest soloists, part of the Messiah Festival of the Arts at Bethany College, 3 p.m. April 5, ...
  • Where are they now?

    Hastings Star Gazette
    They're performing Handel's Messiah. • Former Hastings dance teacher Stacy Pottinger is now an adjunct assistant professor of theatre at Carthage College.
  • Yale Glee Club repeats concert they performed in Spain

    New Haven Register
    Douma, who teaches conducting and filled in for the then-ailing conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in two Handel'sMessiah” concerts in ...
  • Boychoir, reviewed: One false note

    National Post
    ... put the National Boychoir Academy on the map, provided its star pupil can hit the high D that Carvelle has written into Handel's Messiah to make the audience ...
  • Chorale celebrates 45 years of song and dance

    C&G Newspapers-
    A Christmas performance — which featured a rendition of Handel'sMessiah” on Dec. 14 — is one of three types of concerts each year. The others are the ...
  • How Mark Leckey became the artist of the YouTube generation

    The Guardian
    Music poured out of the system: dance music, snatches of dada poetry, bits of Handel's Messiah. It was deafening. “I genuinely thought the sound might explode ...


  • March 26, 2015
    UPDATE:  On this week's radio:  The Sixteen perform Handel's Saul.

    Handel's Messiah at Easter? Hallelujah, it's fitting

    Hamilton Spectator
    However, there is a precedent for performing "Messiah" in the liturgical season of Lent. After all, didn't Handel première "Messiah" in a Dublin concert hall during ...
  • mySouTex.com

    ARP churches hold Holy Week services

    Elk Valley Times
    On Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Easer portion of Handel's Messiah will be presented by the choir of the Fayetteville ARP Church. This portion of the Messiah is ...
  • Bess Muskett

    The Missoulian
    One of her favorite musical works was "I Know My Redeemer Lives" from Handel's "Messiah." That goes for you too, Mom. Copyright 2015 missoulian.com.
  • Sound Briefs for March 26

    Daily Herald
    Utah Lyric Opera will present Handel'sMessiah” in a sing-along format at the ... faculty Tim Slover will provide narration about Handel and the creation of his ...
  • Norman O. Scribner, renowned chorale director and musician, dies

    SFGate-
    ... chorus for the orchestra's holiday performance of Handel's oratorio “Messiah.” ... was well-received, and the choir reassembled for two subsequent “Messiah” ...
  • Barge of slow ravishment

    City Pulse
    Finally, the barge of slow ravishment is penetrating the wilds of the Red Cedar River in the form of George Frederic Handel´s “Xerxes,” the “Messiah” composer´s ...
  • Miss Velvet's “Cincinnati Street”: Idolator Song Premiere & Interview

    Idolator: All About The Music
    I particularly vividly remember two productions of Handel, Messiah and the oratorio Esther in an old deconsecrated synagogue on the Lower East Side. My sister ...
  • LPO gives a shout to Bach's magnum opus 'Hosanna'

    The New Orleans Advocate
    But while Handel's famous choral number from “The Messiah” is recognized by millions, only a relatively select group of classical music aficionados recognize ...
  • COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD: Time to sign up for Wirral Bikeathon ...

    Wirral Globe
    Performances will include Handel's Messiah as well as works from Bach, Telleman, Vivaldi and Marcello. Tickets for the concert – which starts at 7.30pm – are ...


  • March 25, 2015

    Handel's 'Messiah' for the stage

    Independent Online
    Zuma believes that the reason Handel's Messiah resonates so well with audiences is because of its relevance: “It's a fantastic piece that is very relevant to ...
  • CultureMap Houston

    Chamber Choir to sing 'Messiah' - as arranged by Mozart

    Houston Chronicle
    That's a question raised by the Houston Chamber Choir's "Mozart's Messiah Magic." The 25-piece group will sing George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" as ...

  • MSU Opera Theater to give 'Xerxes' a Downton Abbey look

    Lansing State Journal
    The MSU Opera Theater will be performing Handel's “Xerxes” (pronounced zerk ... is Handel's most famous melody after the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah”.
  • Kansas City Star

    Oldest US arts group celebrates bicentennial Keeping classical cool

    Youngstown Vindicator
    And before Brahms was even born, there was the Handel & Haydn Society. ... in the United States, including household names such as Handel'sMessiah.”.

  • Messiah: The Tradition Is Still Strong

    The Minden Courier
    This Sunday, March 29th, the Axtell Area Oratorio Society will present George Frideric Handel's Messiah at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney.
  • Norman Scribner, who founded DC Choral Arts Society, dies at 79

    Washington Post
    ... chorus for the orchestra's holiday performance of Handel's oratorio “Messiah.” ... was well-received, and the choir reassembled for two subsequent “Messiah” ...
  • Culture Scene: March 26-April 1

    Chron.com
    Houston Chamber Choir: Mozart's adaptation of Handel's "Messiah." 7:30 p.m. Friday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 19222 Tomball Parkway; 7:30 p.m. ...
  • Still plenty of arts coming our way

    Arizona Daily Star
    And at the Fred Fox School of Music's Crowder Hall, Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Handel'sMessiah” will be performed by the University Community Chorus ...
  • Latest issue

    Gramophone
    ... back at the legacy of conductor George Szell, and David Vickers and Lindsay Kemp discuss Christopher Hogwood's classic recording of Handel's Messiah.
  • April issue – minimalism at 50 – out now!

    Gramophone
    ... back at the legacy of conductor George Szell, and David Vickers and Lindsay Kemp discuss Christopher Hogwood's classic recording of Handel's Messiah.


  • March 24, 2015

    Musical societies

    The Economist (blog)
    But Boston's Handel & Haydn Society (H&H), which reaches that milestone this ... of Haydn's “Creation”, selections from Handel'sMessiah” and some patriotic ...
  • Messiah Festival kicks off with production of rock opera 'Jesus Christ ...

    Salina Journal
    The production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” along with the traditional Easter weekend performances of Bach's “Passion According to St. Matthew” and Handel's ...
  • Allen Langord, 80, formerly of Southborough

    Community Advocate
    ... Congregational Church in Southborough for many years and started the annual tradition of performing Handel's Messiah with choir, soloists and full orchestra ...
  • Church gets jump on Easter spirit with 'Messiah' community sing-along

    CapitalGazette.com
    Instead, church members and visitors gathered Sunday afternoon for what they hope will become a new tradition — a community sing-along of Handel's great ...
  • Easter Sunday concert to feature Bare Bones

    The Fayette Tribune
    “Not all these songs are appropriate for every venue, just as you wouldn't do pieces from Handel's Messiah in just any performance. No matter what you may ...
  • The Morning Report: What you need to know today in Annapolis and ...

    CapitalGazette.com
    ... hope will become a new tradition — a community sing-along of Handel's great oratorio "The Messiah." We have some video of its Lenten/Easter performance.
  • Dance Local: A Case for a Homegrown NUTCRACKER

    Broadway World
    Between The Christmas Carol, the sing-a-long Handel's Messiah, a holiday movie marathon, and an ugly sweater party, can ballet companies count on the ...
  • Monday March 23, 2015

    KALW
    ... OK Day; Near Miss Day; World Meteorological Day; On This Day; 1743 --- George Frederic Handel's oratorio "Messiah" had its premiere, in London.
  • Today in Music History - March 23

    mysask.com
    In 1743, George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "The Messiah" had its London premiere. The first performance of the work had taken place in Dublin the previous ...
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