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!


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. 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?

    ... 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 ( 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 ...
    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 ...
    "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 ...

  • 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's “Messiah” 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's “Messiah” 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. 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's “Messiah” 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

    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's “Messiah” 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's “Messiah.”.
  • Community Calendar October 15

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