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!




April 24, 2014
UPDATE:  This week's radio features Antony Walker's 2002 Messiah.

'Acis and Galatea': Mark Morris' opera premieres in Berkeley

SFGate
The world premiere of the famed choreographer's setting of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" ... This was just one of several Handel choral-vocal works ("Messiah" is ...
  • NDTC pays tribute with spiritual Easter concert

    Jamaica Gleaner
    ... with the NDTC Singers' rendition of the most popular piece from the most popular oratorio, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, respectively.
  • 'New' work from Handel performed

    Albuquerque Journal
    Handel's Gloria in excelsis Deo, a demanding work for coloratura voice believed ... of its discovery, in typical hyperbolic fashion, hailed it as a rival to “Messiah.
  • Review: St Matthew Passion at The Sage Gateshead

    The Journal-
    Bach's St Matthew Passion has become as much of a fixture at Easter as Handel's Messiah at Christmas. The performance takes three hours but it simply sped ...
  • St Martin's Church, Ashton-upon-Mersey marks 300th anniversary

    Messenger Newspapers
    ... common even then and, in July 1781 at 11am, the congregation, paid a shilling to sit downstairs and two shillings for the balcony to hear Handel's Messiah.
  • Church celebrates 300th anniversary

    Messenger Newspapers
    ... common even then and, in July 1781 at 11am, the congregation, paid a shilling to sit downstairs and two shillings for the balcony to hear Handel's Messiah.


  • April 23, 2014

    Thoughts for this holy time of Easter

    Crossville Chronicle
    CROSSVILLE — The first performance of George Friderick Handel's masterpiece, "Messiah," was given in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, where it was well ...
  • University Singers' ode to Easter

    Jamaica Observer
    What is a sacred concert at this time of year without music from the popular work, Handel's Messiah? Andre Bernard was given the task of carrying the aria But ...
  • 'He is Risen' latest hit from Mormon Tabernacle Choir

    Deseret News
    The rankings are based on sales data about the week's top sellers compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The choir and orchestra performed Handel's "Messiah" on ...
  • Classical MPR presents Harmony in the Park at Riverfront Park in ...

    Southernminn.com
    St. Peter Choral Society began in 1979 with a newspaper notice inviting interested singers to perform Handel's Messiah. Now in its 34th season and directed by ...
  • An Easter Treat

    Victor Harbor Times
    For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, followed by the aria, The people that walked in darkness, both being excerpts from The Messiah, by GF Handel.
  • Nagaland hosts first western classical music concert

    Business Standard
    Recently, the Handel's Messiah Oratorio music concert was held at the Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo under the theme of 'Oneness in Christ' with an aim to spread ...
  • LAMC to Close High School Choir Fest at Walt Disney Concert Hall ...

    Broadway World
    ... American folk song Zion's Walls arranged by Aaron Copland, Rosephayne Powell's The Word Was God, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.


  • April 22, 2014

    No. 1 on two charts, 'He is Risen' latest hit from Mormon Tabernacle ...

    Deseret News
    The choir and orchestra performed Handel's "Messiah" on Friday and ... for the choir and orchestra to record "Messiah" for release as an album next year. "He is ...
  • Easter service is special at historic Louisville church

    The Courier-Journal
    Melodic strains of Handel's "Messiah," filled the the nearly 150-year-old sanctuary at St. John United Church of Christ on East Market Street in Louisville shortly ...
  • The mortal urgency of now

    Rutland Herald
    Just a few months ago, I heard my wife sing Handel's “Messiah” in a Christmas concert. There is a famous alto-tenor duet at the end with the words taken directly ...
  • Easter set to music

    The Hindu
    ... were proclaimed manifold — by legendary songwriter Joe E. Parks' cantata Up From The Grave and the inimitable 'Hallelujah Chorus' from Handel's Messiah.


  • April 21, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's video features Part II of Messiah in a Spanish performance.

    Hallelujah! Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter with a ...

    Salt Lake Tribune
    Mormon Tabernacle Choir celebrates Easter with a powerful 'Messiah' ... a musical feast on Easter weekend: Handel's "Messiah" in all its unabridged glory.
  • Easter service is special at historic Louisville church

    The Courier-Journal
    Melodic strains of Handel's "Messiah," filled the the nearly 150-year-old sanctuary at St. John United Church of Christ on East Market Street in Louisville shortly ...
  • Sunday Arts calendar (April 20, 2014)

    Kansas.com
    Handel's “Messiah,” performed by Bethany Oratorio Society and guest soloists, 3 p.m. Sun., Presser Hall, Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson in Lindsborg.
  • The mortal urgency of now

    Rutland Herald
    Just a few months ago, I heard my wife sing Handel's “Messiah” in a Christmas concert. There is a famous alto-tenor duet at the end with the words taken directly ...
  • In merged Charlotte church, 'every Sunday is like Easter'

    The State
    And Ellis said he plans to end the service with the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah --- traditional Christmas music that reflects the gratitude in the ...
  • Lee University to present Masterworks concert April 25

    Cleveland Daily Banner-9 hours ago
    The program will feature Haydn's “Missa in Angustiis,” Beethoven's “Choral Fantasy,” as well as a selection of choruses from Handel's “Messiah
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