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Handel's Messiah

posted Dec 3, 2017, 11:29 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 11:30 AM ]
Like opera, an oratorio uses a choir, soloists and orchestra. However, it’s usually not staged, and the characters don’t interact. And while opera plots deal with history or mythology, oratorios usually have sacred topics. In George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, Part I—often called the “Christmas” section—begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation of the nativity to the shepherds, the only "scene" taken from the Gospels.

It premiered in Dublin in April, 1742 and after an initially modest reception, its popularity gained, eventually becoming one of the most frequently performed choral works. And you have many opportunities to hear it this season if you wish…

Connor Whelen will be singing it on Thursday, December 7
th at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, at 7:00 PM, joining forces with the Brooklyn College Symphonic Choir, Conservatory Singers, Conservatory Orchestra and Packer Collegiate Collage Choir. “Music from Good Shepherd” presents it on Sunday, December 10th at 6:00 PM. The National Chorale’s 50th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-In is on Thursday, December 14th in Lincoln Center’s David Geffin Hall, where the audience is the chorus! Additional performances can be heard by the New York Philharmonic, or at Trinity Wall Street Church, St. Thomas’ Church, or on your own speakers...