HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT NORTHMINSTER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 at 7 PM
As has been the tradition at Northminster for many years, the Northminster Choir and friends, soloists and chamber orchestra will present Handel’s Messiah, Part I again this year. The performance will be in Northminster’s sanctuary on Tuesday, December 12 beginning at 7 pm. Soloists are Northminster’s Music Associate Justin Havard, baritone, Choral Intern Naomi Kilpatrick, mezzo soprano, and Choral Scholars Sarah Talmadge, soprano, LeAnn Hammons, mezzo soprano Preston Anderson, tenor, and James Wright, bass. Former Northminster choral scholar Morgan Meyer, soprano, will also solo. Dr. Deborah Chandler, Northminster’s Director of Music, will conduct. The concert is free, and everyone is encouraged to join us for this Christmas tradition. Please spread the word! For many the Christmas holidays are not complete without hearing this inspiring work in person.
Messiah was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel. The libretto (text) was compiled from the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter by Charles Jennens. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
The music for Messiah, Parts I, II and III, was completed in 24 days of swift composition. At the end of his manuscript Handel wrote the letters "SDG”—Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory". This inscription, taken with the speed of composition, has encouraged belief in the apocryphal story that Handel wrote the music in a fervor of divine inspiration in which, as he wrote the Hallelujah chorus, "He saw all heaven before him". Apocryphal or not, heaven does seem to open for all who sing or hear this great masterpiece. It will again be presented at Northminster TO GOD’S GLORY.
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