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 1, 2014
UPDATE:  This week's radio:  an exciting new way to listen - featuring John Eliot Gardiner's Messiah - and Spotify!

Messiah rehearsals to begin Oct. 7 in Mosiman Hall

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BLUFFTON, Ohio—Rehearsals for Bluffton University's 119th performance of Handel'sMessiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7, in the ...
  • Three Tenors & Uhlig Perform at Tel Hai

    Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers
    He most recently sang the role of Alfredo in La Traviata and was the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Hartford Symphony and the New Haven ...
  • Legacy Recordings Set to Release Holiday Symphony, the New ...

    PR Newswire (press release)
    The album ranges from slow and pensive numbers ("Gabriel's Message" and "Comfort Ye" arias from Handel's Messiah) to larger ensemble numbers ("Carol of ...
  • Book now for Minster carols

    Bradford Telegraph and Argus
    Also going on sale on Wednesday will be tickets to the Handel's Messiah, again performed by the York Minster Choir with guest soloists, which will take place on ...
  • Camarata Music Company runs autumn fund-raiser

    The Korea Herald
    Camarata runs four big concerts a year, with the biggest being a performance of Handel'sMessiah” each Christmas. It is a nonprofit organization that provides ...
  • 復 古風格演奏倡導先驅、指揮家霍格伍德辭 世

    台 北時報
    ... such as Bach and Handel on period instruments, died Wednesday last week. ... Frideric Handel's (1685-1759) much-loved oratorio Messiah that BBC Music ...

  • September 30, 2014

    St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Naperville Starts Its Second ...

    Chicago Tribune
    ... St. Peter and Paul Choir and Orchestra will follow the requests of music lovers and again perform the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel's Messiah.
  • Conductor Christopher Hogwood desired an 'authentic sound'

    The Globe and Mail
    One of the group's significant early achievements was its 1980 recording of Handel's Messiah, with soprano Emma Kirkby and countertenor James Bowman.
  • Towcester Choral Workshop

    Always wanted to sing Handel's Messiah? Now's your chance. Let Towcester Choral Society guide you through your favourite choruses from this glorious work.

  • September 29, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features part one of a recent concert.

    Christopher Hogwood, founder of The Academy of Ancient Music ...

    His most iconic recordings include a 1980 version of Handel's Messiah with Emma Kirkby, which was named by BBC Music Magazine, per The Guardian, as one ...
  • Sunday Arts calendar (Sept. 28)
    Wichita Choral Society, open call for singers for “Handel's Messiah,” rehearsals 7 p.m. each Monday through Dec. 1, First United Methodist Church, 330 N.
  • Driffield Wolds Decorative and Fine Arts Society

    Driffield Today
    The Society was treated to a feast of Handel – both visually and musically – at ... on a number of occasions the Messiah was performed at the Crystal Palace with ...

  • September 26, 2014

    Christopher Hogwood: A conductor and musicologist who was 'like ...

    The Independent
    A 1980 review by the American critic John Rockwell of Hogwood's recording of Handel's Messiah gives an indication of the impact of his bracing music-making: ...

  • Upcoming shows at Weill Hall

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
    Handel'sMessiah,” performed by the American Bach Soloists, led by Jeffrey Thomas, at 3 p.m. Dec. 21. Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour, including guitarist ...
  • Christopher Hogwood, conductor, early-music advocate, dies

    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
    Mr. Hogwood made more than 200 recordings with the academy, including a 1980 performance of George Frideric Handel's much-loved oratorio “Messiah” that ...
  • Growing Ocala Symphony Orchestra is preparing for a pivotal year

    Sandwiched among them are special events such as Handel'sMessiah” in November, the 24th Young Artist Competition and the fourth year of the SoundArt ...
  • Greater Salem Calendar of Events

    Wicked Local Marblehead
    30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Handel's "Messiah." Information:, 978-744-4787. Page 4 of 5 - Oct. 1. AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: ...
  • THE CALL BOARD: Collegiate Chorale Holds Open Auditions
    In addition to Not The Messiah, the rest of the season will include Handel's Susanna with Isabel Leonard, Daniela Mack, Javier Abreu and Zachary James at ...
  • Grimsby concert hall where heavy rock stars Iron Maiden, Hawkwind ...

    Grimsby Telegraph
    ... the war, even the ear-splitting drone from Luftwaffe bombers overhead failed to disrupt a performance of Handel's Messiah by Grimsby Philharmonic Society.
  • Russian orchestra to get classical series underway

    Stratford upon Avon Herald
    Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé return on 8th November, and Armonico Consort will provide festive joy with Handel's Messiah on 14th December. Sir Mark Elder ...
  • Music in the Somerset Hills launches fall concert series

    New Jersey Hills
    Since 2010, performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, Handel's Semele and Messiah. For more information, contact MISH at PO Box 729, Bernardsville, ...
  • NZBarok Turns 10 and celebrates with three concerts (press release)
    Extracts from Handel's Messiah and Water Music will feature together with concertos from Quantz and Vivaldi. NZ Barok co-founder and co-artistic director, ...
  • A Child Of Our Time coming to Auckland Arts Festival

    Using Handel's heart-soaring Messiah as the basis for the oratorio's structure, Tippett's famous twist is the inclusion of five remarkably arranged spirituals, ...

  • September 25, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Gordon Stewart's 2013 Messiah (highlights)

    Handel Oratorio Society to start rehearsals for A Christmas Messiah

    Aledo Times Record
    The Handel Oratorio Society will begin rehearsals for its 134th season on October 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.) on the Augustana College ...
  • BBC News

    Remembering Christopher Hogwood, An Evangelist For Early Music

    As critic John Rockwell wrote in a 1980 review of a recording of Handel's Messiah led by Hogwood, the conductor and his colleagues infused new vitality into an ...
  • Silverton news in brief

    Statesman Journal
    George Frederic Handel penned the music for Messiah, his most famous and loved oratorio, in just 24 days. The text comes from the King James Bible and tells ...
  • Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies at 80

    Sacramento Bee
    Hogwood made more than 200 albums with the academy, including a 1980 performance of George Frideric Handel's much-loved oratorio "Messiah" that BBC ...
  • Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies aged 73

    BBC News
    Among his most famous recordings include the 1980 version of Handel's Messiah with Emma Kirkby and James Bowman, which was named by BBC Music ...
  • Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Opens a Special Season with Ithaca ...
    The traditional performance of Handel's Messiah takes place on Dec. 14. On March 14 the CCO plays suites by Bach and Stravinsky—it's has been Marcelletti's ...
  • On Tap: East Contra Costa County theater, arts and other events

    Contra Costa Times
    BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood community chorus, orchestra and soloists are seeking singers for Handel's "Messiah." No auditions are necessary. The musical ...
  • Woodlands Symphony comes together after five-year absence

    Your Houston News
    Bayer, who conducted the “Come Together” concert, is hoping to produce at least four more concerts in the future, including music from Handel'sMessiah,” ...
  • Well known musician dies suddenly on holiday break

    Bucks Herald
    He conducted a performance of Handel's Messiah for the opening of the Civic Centre and organised and conducted the concert there to celebrate the 150th ...
  • H+H Mourns Death of Christopher Hogwood

    Broadway World
    The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is deeply saddened by the death of its ... first period-instrument Messiah and a spring full of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, ...

  • September 24, 2014

    Report from Maker Faire: You, Too, Can Be a Maker

    Yahoo Tech
    The Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, an art car encrusted with crustaceans and fish, all of which danced and wriggled in time to such tunes as Handel's Messiah.
  • Sun City Center Community News
    7 “And He Shall Purify” from Part 1 of Handel'sMessiah.” Watkins Shaw is the preferred but not required edition of the work, and audition accompaniment will be ...
  • Saginaw Choral Society hopes to strike a chord with new season

    The Saginaw News
    13 features a community sing-along of selections from Handel's "Messiah," Grefe said, along with the choral society's holiday pieces. Those a little nervous about ...
  • Messiah Sing-a-long

    The Bryan Times (subscription)
    The Messiah is coming. Yes, Handel's Messiah is returning to Bryan during the 2014 Christmas Season. On Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm. at Wesley United Methodist ...
  • Pinnacle Peak Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale announces lineup ...
    14: Phoenix Symphony presents Handel's Messiah. The acclaimed and popular “Hallelujah” chorus highlights this classical favorite. Music Director Tito Munoz ...
  • Thomas Barnardo changed the way we think about children

    Irish Examiner
    ... (which no longer exists) round the corner in Fishamble Street (whose main claim to fame is that it was the first place where Handel's Messiah was performed).

  • September 23, 2014

    Bethany College announces Messiah Festival events, theme

    McPherson Sentinel
    The Messiah Festival of the Arts proudly announces the major concert events ... The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel'sMessiah” since ...

    September 22, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features "And He Shall Purify"

    Sunday Arts calendar (Sept. 21)
    Wichita Choral Society, open call for singers for “Handel's Messiah,” rehearsals 7 p.m. each Monday beginning through Dec. 1, First United Methodist Church, ...
  • Columbia County Orchestra announces 2014-15 schedule

    Columbia County News Times
    Sixth Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-In/Powell Baptist Church, Harlem. ... Spring 2015 Handel's Messiah Sing-In featuring walk-in choir/St. Teresa Avila Catholic ...
  • Christmas comes early to ABQ, thanks to Gracias Choir

    Albuquerque Journal
    ... O Come Emmanuel” and “O Holy Night,” to “Jingle Bells” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Expect a full performance of Handel's classic “Messiah.”.
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