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About This Performance
From the gentle simplicity of the Pastorale to the colossal final choruses, Handel’s universally beloved musical epic on the life and mission of Jesus Christ will permeate your heart and soul. Making it even more special is the unanimity, purity, and stylish perfection of the choral sound from the ensemble founded by Baroque expert Labadie.
After an initially modest public reception in Dublin and London, Messiah gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the most performed choral works in Western music. An English landowner, arts patron, and friend of Handel, Charles Jennens, was the man responsible for assembling the libretto from the King James version of the Bible.
Its 53 movements are divided into three parts. Part I (sometimes called the “Christmas portion”) begins with the prophecy about the Messiah and his virgin birth, by Isaiah and others. Jesus’ birth is then told in words by Isaiah, followed by the annunciation to the shepherds (the only scene from a Gospel in the entire work), and reflections on what the Messiah did. Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection, and ascension, followed by spreading of the Gospel, are the subjects of Part II, which concludes with the “Hallelujah” chorus. The final section deals with the resurrection of the dead (from the letters of St. Paul) and Christ’s glorification in heaven. Our performances include all three parts.
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