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


November 21, 2014

Holiday Guide 2014: More 'Messiah' than you can Handel

Indianapolis Star
Composer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Born in Germany, Handel made his name by bringing Italian opera to England and became a naturalized ...
  • Oratorio Society of New York to Present Handel's MESSIAH, 12/22

    Broadway World
    "Annual performances of Handel's Messiah have been a New York tradition from the time New York culture began to assert itself," says Oratorio Society of New ...
  • OP church to present Handel's 'Messiah'

    Bee news.com
    Music and the Arts of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will present the Advent Chorale of Western New York along with soloists and the Western New York ...
  • Handel's 'Messiah' to be performed

    Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
    GALION – Handel's “Messiah” will be presented by the Galion Community Chorus and Orchestra at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the First United Church of Christ, 248 ...
  • LCCC choir to host "Sing-Along Messiah"

    The Edwardsville Intelligencer
    ... series this holiday season with “Sing-Along Messiah” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. ... usher in the holiday season singing the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah.”.
  • Choirs to Perform Popular Holiday Concert

    High Point University (press release) (blog)
    The concerts will include a performance of George Frideric Handel's “Messiah” by the combined choirs of HPU, including members from the Chamber Singers, ...
  • Classical music gets spotlight in Tulare County

    Visalia Times-Delta
    Debuted in 1741, Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin, Ireland. ... "I first sang Handel's Messiah with a professional chorus in Southern California ...
  • Young Singles Set up for The Festival of the Nativity

    Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
    5th at 5 p.m. with a performance by the Northeast High School Exit One Show Choir followed at 7:00 p.m. with Handel's Messiah, presented by the Nashville ...
  • USM Choirs and Orchestra to hold Holiday Choral Spectacular Dec ...

    Hattiesburg American
    Also on the program are several movements of Handel's Messiah arranged by Dr. Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Under the direction ...
  • Religious Briefs for Nov. 20

    Belvoir Eagle
    This group will rehearse during the month of November and then perform Part One, the Christmas Section, of Handel's Messiah with a professional orchestra ...


  • November 20, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features highlights with the London Symphony Orchestra.
    Rochester City Newspaper

    Masterwork Chorus celebrates Handel's Messiah in Basking Ridge ...

    NJ.com
    Join the Masterwork Chorus as they celebrate Handel's immortal holiday classic, Messiah, on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. at the centrally located Ridge ...
    MUSIC: A sacred oratorio
    Rochester City Newspaper

  • Sing-Along Handel's 'Messiah' to be Performed at Copernicus Center

    DNAinfo
    The lush sounds of Handel's Messiah will herald the coming of the Christmas season during a sing-along concert at the Coperincus Center. View Full Caption.
  • Bravo! Vancouver to perform Handel's MESSIAH in BG

    The Reflector
    Vancouver Concert Series will present its annual Christmas production of Handel's MESSIAH – An Oratorio, presented by Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle ...
  • 'RUDOLPH', Handel's MESSIAH, HIP HOP NUTCRACKER and ...

    Broadway World
    New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark is your destination for world-class, affordable holiday shows -- whether you are purchasing tickets as a gift or ...
  • Oratorio Society of Estes Park holiday concerts coming Dec. 5 and 6

    Estes Park Trail-Gazette
    What would a Christmas concert be without Handel's Messiah? It's one of the best-known and most popular choral masterworks staged each year during the ...
  • The Buzz: Appleton's Christmas treasures

    Appleton Post Crescent
    Panelist Erin Dix, Lawrence University archivist, said the school's grand holiday production of Handel's "Messiah" moved to every four years and will resume in ...
  • Students present 'The Messiah'

    Chron.com
    ... a presentation of selections from George Frederick Handel's oratorio, “The Messiah,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Austin High School Auditorium. Admission is free.
  • Oregon Community Foundation awards $10.7 million to nonprofits

    The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
    Choral Arts Ensemble, $5,000 to bring four performances of selections from Handel's "Messiah" and "Judas Maccabaeus" in the Portland metro area, together ...
  • L&C Concert Choir to Present 'Sing-Along Messiah'

    STLtoday.com
    Bring a score or borrow one at the door and usher in the holiday season singing the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah.” The choral selections will include ...
  • PARIS TN: Preparing for the concert

    Paris Post Intelligencer
    The chorus, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra, will present portions of George Frederic Handel's “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at First Baptist Church.

  • November 19, 2014

    Three Choirs to Join Up To Perform Handel's 'Messiah' at ...

    DNAinfo
    HYDE PARK — Three choirs will come together for a performance of Handel's “Messiah” on Dec. 5 at Rockefeller Chapel. The Motet Choir, Chicago Men's a ...
  • Handel's Messiah Performances

    Tillamook Headlight Herald
    He has directed Handel's Messiah ten times with various choirs and choruses. In college he wrote papers on this classical oratorio and now directs with head ...
  • Holiday arts 2014: Here's what's going on in Bay Area

    San Jose Mercury News
    Classical/Handel's Messiah. Pacific Chamber Symphony: 2 p.m. Nov. 30; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $11-$50; 925-373-6800, www.mylvpac.com.
  • LSO to host concert at First United Methodist Church on Dec. 5

    KCBD-TV
    Come hear holiday favorites including selections from Handel's “Messiah” among many others. The First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir and The ...
  • Arts events: 'The Nutcracker' story, Rockettes

    The Star-Ledger
    Audience members can take part in a rendition of the "Gospel Hallelujah," a version of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah." Donald Morris, music ...
  • Festival chorus concert to include 'Hallelujah Chorus'

    The MidWeek
    DeKALB – The DeKalb Festival Chorus will perform the Christmas portion of Handel's “Messiah” at its fall concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at First Lutheran ...
  • KSHB

    North High's Shining Stars

    KWQC 6
    ... of the students in the First Violin Section have been playing together since their middle school days. They are practicing the Overture From Handel's Messiah.
  • Our say: Editor's notebook: Barbara Cox, other topics

    CapitalGazette.com
    Because — like so many performances of Handel's "Messiah" and "The Nutcracker," or so many seasonal airings of certain movies and TV shows — it's a ...
  • Community Calendar

    The Middlesboro Daily News
    Tri-State Messiah Sing Along DRESS REHEARSAL will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. ... Following the parade, the first Tri-State Messiah Sing Along staging Handel's ...
  • Ulster Orchestra is run on a shoestring

    Belfast Newsletter
    Do we want to lose all orchestral music, including annual performances of Handel's Messiah, Viennese nights, Proms in the Park, film music nights, Irish and ...


  • November 18, 2014

    12 Jolly Ways to more festive days

    Pensacola News Journal
    "Give someone a copy of Handel's Messiah," Conner says. "After all ... And invite them to the Pensacola Choral Society's live performance of "The Messiah" Dec.
  • Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform “A Touch of Frost” at the ...

    The Valley Town Crier
    The Valley Symphony and Chorale will close the event with the most famous song of praise of all time: Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah. For the general public, ...
  • RPO celebrates the season

    WebsterPost.com
    Then the RPO and the Rochester Oratorio Society will present “Handel's Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets start at $24.
  • Twenty-fifth Christmas Musical Benefit to raise funds and spirits for ...

    News-Herald.com
    The Good Tidings Benefit Choir will be performing the many Christmas selections including a portion of GF Handel's “Messiah”. Pilgrim Brass will perform at both ...
  • According to a statement from Cayuga Nation officials, the Lakeside ...

    Auburn Citizen
    The MasterWorks Chorale will perform the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at St. Mary's of the Lake Church,…
  • Holiday Shows 2014 – Art-y or Party? Or just kinda weird?

    Southside Pride
    Handel's “Messiah” at the Basilica. 88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis 55403. One show, 12/18/14 at 7:30 p.m. Performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
  • Sing Along With The Mankato Symphony Orchestra

    Southernminn.com
    ... of the holidays with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. We invite you to be a part of our first ever Messiah Sing Along at our Dec. 7 concert “Handel. With Love.
  • Parsippany Hills' choir to perform during Holiday Spectacular Eleven

    Parsippany Focus
    Walters promises that the program will include something for everyone in the family including seasonal favorites ranging from excerpts from Handel's “Messiah” ...
  • Lucy Crowe discusses her glittering career

    WhatsOnStage.com
    Handel seems to be a composer very dear to your heart. ... Well I grew up listening and singing along to Handel's Messiah as this is my Mum's favourite piece, ...


  • November 17, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features a complete performance!
    Albuquerque Journal

    Handel's 'Messiah' performance in Galion on Dec. 7

    Mansfield News Journal
    GALION – Handel's “Messiah” will be presented by the Galion Community Chorus and Orchestra on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. The 60th annual performance will be at First ...
  • “Handel's Messiah & More” Nov. 21 at free holiday concert

    The Northwest Florida Daily News
    NICEVILLE — The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will present portions of Handel's Messiah along with Messe de Minuit pour Noλl (Midnight Mass for ...
  • The Tallahassee Music Guild celebrates its Golden Anniversary with ...

    Tallahassee.com
    People from all over the Tallahassee area are invited to start the Christmas season by singing Handel's Messiah, along with a huge choir of other people singing ...
  • Cumming Playhouse Singers presenting 'Messiah'

    Forsyth County News Online
    Cumming Playhouse Singers presenting 'Messiah' ... accompanied by pianist Patricia Wester, will perform Handel's sacred oratorio "Messiah" on Tuesday night.
  • 'Not just a long life, but a happy life': LaVerne Grell, an Oratorio ...

    Appeal-Democrat
    Grell has been a staple on the organ and piano at local churches and Yuba-Sutter Handel's "Messiah," which she has participated in since the 1930s. She still ...
  • Class Notes

    Battle Creek Enquirer
    The choirs will perform selections from G.F. Handel's "Messiah." Soloists include soprano Jeannine Scott of Charlotte; Jeremy Adams of Chelsea and Mark ...
  • Monmouth Civic Chorus performs well-balanced program

    Asbury Park Press
    The Monmouth Civic Chorus season continues at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with a performance of Handel's “Messiah” at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St.
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    Duncan Banner
    7, the monthly Real Estate section appears in The Banner that same day and we can all look forward to Handel's “Messiah” at First Baptist that evening, featuring ...
  • Fox News

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    Auburn Citizen
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Rakeem Christmas had 15 points and 16 rebounds, freshman Chris McCullough added 13 points, and No. 23 Syracuse beat Hamp…
  • What to do Sunday: Crafts, LEGO show and Mozart's Sister

    Ottawa Citizen
    Lydia Piegl performs Handel's Messiah with the St. Matthews choirs on November 22 and 23. Stephen Beckta's original restaurant opens in a new location this ...
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