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Handel's Messiah TicketsGeorge Frideric Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin. This oratorio is written in English. It incorporates texts from the Coverdale Psalter and the King James Bible. The music is much like opera, but there are no singers taking on the roles of characters in the story. The subject matter of the Messiah is the story of Jesus Christ. The Messiah is split into three parts. These recount the prophecies about a coming Messiah, the birth of Jesus, his passion and death, and finally his resurrection. The first performance of the Messiah was held in April 1742 as a benefit for three charities.
A Christmas TraditionHandel's Messiah was originally associated with the Easter season. However, it's endured as a tradition centered on the other major Christian festival of Christmas. This work was ahead of its time in that it wasn't simply a narrative with a variety of characters. Instead, it's more of a meditation on Jesus Christ and his life story. At around the time of its debut, the Dublin News-Letter gave the piece a great review. Since then, this piece has been staged by everyone from Mozart, in 1789, to a variety of choirs and chorus groups today. Though its subject matter is religious, this work is generally performed in secular spaces and people from all backgrounds attend.
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Where is Handel's Messiah being performed?Handel's Messiah is performed around the world, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. Starting in November and through December, this production will be seen everywhere from Vancouver's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Md. Even the Royal Albert Hall in London will be staging the Messiah by Handel.
What can I expect from Handel's Messiah?Handel's Messiah has been staged a number of different ways over the years. The music stays the same, but ultimately a lot depends on the performance group. Initially, Handel staged this with a group of about 34 singers. Over the years, the productions got larger and larger. The Messiah was performed by huge choirs and backed by ever-growing numbers of musicians. In some cases, whole orchestras backed the performances. Today, there's been a return to the comparatively simpler staging favored by Handel in many places.
What are some highlights of Handel's Messiah?The Messiah is known for its strong chorus performances. This is an important difference from other similar pieces of music from the time. Typically, soloists were heavily featured. There are soloists in the piece, but much of the momentum actually comes from the chorus. The group parts are also often seen as more memorable and uplifting. One reason that audiences love this oratorio is that it leaves them feeling happy and optimistic.
How long is a performance of the Messiah?A performance of the Messiah can last from two and a half to three hours.
What composers are similar to Handel?Handel worked in the baroque period, during the 18th century. He was an important influence on both Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
What are some other traditional Christmas shows?A Christmas Carol is another great English-language Christmas tradition. Shakespeare's Twelfth Night has a long tradition as a Christmas play. In the UK, light-hearted pantomimes have long been a fixture of the season. Famed producer and choreographer Nigel Lythgoe has helped bring this panto tradition Stateside, bringing panto to the Pasadena Playhouse.
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