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


September 19, 2014

Seraphic Fire Plays Handel's Messiah

Local 10
Seraphic Fire performs Handel's Messiah live at the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, December ...
  • Oratorio Society of Estes Park to begin rehearsals for December ...

    Estes Park Trail-Gazette
    ... season," said music director Kathryn Bowers. "If you ever wanted to sing Handel's Messiah surrounded by some very talented voices, this is your opportunity.".
  • John Holiday is featured voice at SPCO this weekend

    Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)
    ... last heard locally in “Messiah” with the SPCO in December. Holiday is a countertenor, a voice that you don't hear every day. He will sing arias by Handel and ...
  • Confluence of Sound

    Volume One
    Lunde has spectacular concerts planned for the 2014-15 season, including Handel'sMessiah”; his own new composition, “Five Fairy Tales”; and works by ...
  • Go Guide for Sept. 18-24

    Ocala
    HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Ocala Symphony Orchestra community choir and West Port High School's student choir, 820 SE Fort King St., Ocala. (351-1606 or ...
  • Confederation Centre adult choir looking for new members

    Journal Pioneer
    Each year the adult choir presents four formal concerts, including a December performance of Handel's most celebrated choral work, “Messiah.” Other annual ...


  • September 18, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Sir Colin Davis's 2007 Messiah

    UPDATE:  I've added a review for Gordon Stewart's 2013 A Philipstown Messiah.

    Zanesville Civic Chorus rehearsals begin

    Zanesville Times Recorder
    ... 62 S. Seventh St. The first project is preparing for the 85th annual performance of George Frederic Handel'sMessiah” Oratorio. The performance is scheduled ...
  • Celebrate German culture at Central Church in Summit on Oct. 4

    Independent Press
    ... Holiday Season for performances of Handel's Messiah and Hendersonville's Christmas concert, developed around her and her husband, tenor Scott Joiner.
  • A rich array of offerings awaits: Classical music preview 2014

    The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com (blog)
    3 and 7); Handel's "Messiah" (Dec. 11-15); "Bach's Birthday Party, Part Two: Family Frolic" (Jan. 22-25); "Blues Café 1610" (Feb. 12-16); and "Vivaldi's Four ...
  • Classical music enthusiasts have a variety of choices

    Tribune-Review
    In addition, Chatham Baroque will team with Shadyside Presbyterian Church for George Frideric Handel's Messiah (Dec. 6); with Pittsburgh Opera for Handel's ...
  • Cape Consort to present Venus and Adonis

    Artslink.co.za News (press release)
    Upcoming appearances include a second collaboration with Camerata Tinta Barocca in a performance of the original Dublin version of Handel's Messiah (10 ...
  • 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 ...


  • September 17, 2014

    Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus seeks young artists for vocal competition

    Mississippi Press (blog)
    GULFPORT, Mississippi -- The Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus announces its third annual ... as part of their 62nd annual performances of Handel's oratorio Messiah.
  • Telegraph.co.uk

    The Wolf from the Door (Royal Court)

    WhatsOnStage.com
    ... Middle England was ripping itself apart, the scenes are punctuated by bursts of Elgar's Nimrod, Handel's Messiah and Holst's The Planets (Mars, naturally).
  • Classical sounds at Warwick Arts Centre

    Rugby Observer
    ... before Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé return on November 8, while Armonico Consort bring some festive joy with Handel's Messiah on December 14.


  • September 16, 2014
    UPDATE:  I've added a listing for Gordon Stewart's 2013 A Philipstown Messiah.

    The Personal Life of "Messiah" Composer George Frederic Handel ...

    Utah Public Radio
    Handel—known to most as the composer of Messiah—took meticulous care of his musical manuscripts, but very little survives which would reveal the man.
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church's concert series will go on

    The Morning Journal
    Advent music with selections from Handel's Messiah at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 647 Reid Ave., Lorain. — Andrew Sords, Violin ...
  • A rich season of orchestras, Mahler and Shostakovich is on tap for ...

    South Florida Classical Review
    3 and 4, Vivaldi's Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos and Handel's Suite from .... 12 of Handel's Messiah, in which chorus members will sit with the audience and ...


  • September 15, 2014
    UPDATE:  I've added a listing for Emmanuelle Haïm's 2013 Messiah (coming October 2014).

    UPDATE:  This week's video features "Hallelujah!" in a live French concert

    A Philipstown Messiah Digital Download Now Available

    Philipstown.info
    The digital version of last December's Philipstown performances of Handel's Messiah is proving to be a bit of Christmas in July. The recording, titled A ...
  • Sunday Arts calendar (Sept. 14)

    Kansas.com
    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, ...
  • Steamboat briefs: Police investigate multiple car break-ins Friday night

    Steamboat Pilot & Today
    The Yampa Valley Choral Society (YVCS) is recruiting choral singers, especially tenors and basses, to sing Handel'sMessiah” in December. All interested ...
  • 2014-2015 classical events calendar

    Toledo Blade
    7: Toledo Symphony presents Handel's Messiah with Toledo Choral Society, BGSU Chorus. 2 p.m., Peristyle. DEC. 11: UT presents Jazz Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. ...
  • Nonprofit Notebook

    Winston-Salem Journal
    A concert to benefit the December performance of Handel'sMessiah” will be held at 7 pm Sept. 23 in the Reich Auditorium at First Baptist Church, 501 W. Fifth ...
  • Reflections on music

    Mineral Wells Index
    I heard this on the radio the other day. It's Louis Armstrong's “It's Been a Long, Long Time.” My mind swelled with memories of my childhood as this was one of ...
  • What to do Sunday: Last day for folkfest and art studio tour

    Ottawa Citizen
    Register to bike, roll, walk, car-pool, board or bus in the Commute Smart Challenge — which runs Sept. 14 to 21 — and win points towards possible prizes.


  • September 12, 2014

    Singers can audition for MVNU's “Messiah

    Morrow County Sentinel
    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Mount Vernon Nazarene University's Choral Union is beginning preparation for MVNU's annual presentation of Handel's Messiah, ...
  • Valerian Summerville

    Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
    Mrs. Summerville sang all of the soprano arias in Handel's "Messiah" in the Vesper Choir at AM&N College. In addition, Mrs. Summerville was the featured ...
  • Phil Power: History, emotion and purpose at U-M

    Livingston Daily
    The “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel'sMessiah” is such an event to me, especially when the entire audience rises and sings the majestic music together.
  • Something old, something new: Classical music

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    BACH CHOIR OF PITTSBURGH: Handel's “The Occasional Oratorio” (Nov. .... 23); Handel'sMessiah” with Shadyside Chamber Choir and Chatham Baroque ...
  • Go Guide for Sept. 11-17

    Ocala
    HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Ocala Symphony Orchestra community choir and West Port High School's student choir, 820 SE Fort King St., Ocala. (351-1606 or ...
  • CLUB NEWS

    Port Huron Times Herald
    Performances will include the Christmas portion of Handel's "The Messiah" as well as "Sinfonia Sacra," in December and "To Paradise" in late March.
  • OUR TOWN: New Baltimore History Fair this weekend

    New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
    Note: Those who own Messiah by G. F. Handel, (Shirmer edition) are asked to bring it to rehearsals and selections from the oratorio will be performed.
  • Cellissimo - Music For Galway launches new programme

    Galway Advertiser
    Galway can also look forward to visits by the Kilkenny Camerata, the Irish Baroque Orchestra with its annual, hugely popular performance of Handel's Messiah, ...


  • September 11, 2014
    UPDATE:  This week's radio features Mark Mangini's 2011 Messiah (highlights)

    Phil Power: The rare value of our public universities

    HollandSentinel.com
    The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah is such an event to me, especially when the entire audience rises and sings the majestic music together.
  • OUR TOWN: New Baltimore History Fair this weekend

    New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
    Note: Those who own Messiah by G. F. Handel, (Shirmer edition) are asked to bring it to rehearsals and selections from the oratorio will be performed.
  • Massey Hall's 120th season mixes giants and newcomers

    Toronto Star
    June 14, 1894: Massey Hall opens with Handel's Messiah. 1908: Enrico Caruso performs. He returns in 1920 and sings on the fire escape to overflow crowds.
  • On Tap: East Contra Costa County theater, arts and other events

    San Jose Mercury News
    BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood community chorus, orchestra and soloists are seeking singers for Handel's "Messiah." No auditions are necessary. The musical ...
  • Let the classical music season begin in Edmonton

    Edmonton Journal
    The Christmas season is chock full of concerts, including the always-exciting Handel's Messiah on Dec. 5 and 6, with the ESO joining ranks with the Richard ...


  • September 10, 2014

    Handel and Haydn Society to Open Bicentennial Season on 10/10 ...

    Broadway World
    The celebration continues with performances of historically significant works that H+H introduced to American audiences in the 19th century (Handel's Messiah, ...
  • Phil Power: Passing of the presidenal torch at UM links hopes, fears ...

    MLive.com
    The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah is a ritual event to me, especially when the entire audience rises and sings the majestic music together.
  • Join the Conversation

    Port Huron Times Herald
    Male and female singers are invited to join in rehearsals of Handel's "The Messiah," beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16, at Port Huron High School. "The Messiah" ...
  • Forbes highlights leadership lessons from the Mormon Tabernacle ...

    Deseret News
    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform George Frideric Handel's Messiah, conducted by Mack Wilberg, for an Easter concert at ...
  • Fishers Chamber Orchestra announces next concert

    Current in Fishers
    Guest vocalists Eric Wickens and Dr. Lisa Dawson will perform arias from Handel's oratorios Messiah and Samson and from Vivaldi's Gloria. The second half of ...
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