We’ve just posted a film about an exquisite aria from Handel’s Messiah. So Friday, we’re talking about the oratorio. It’s a story with scandal, godliness, and of course, beautiful music.
Handel's Messiah is associated with the Christmas season now, but when it was first performed in 1742, it was during Lent. Friday, playwright Tim Slover explains how it is the depressed composer wrote one of the world's most enduring pieces of music in just 24 days. It’s an amazing story with fascinating characters and of course, beautiful music. We’ve also created a short film about the aria He Was Despised and the scandal-plagued actress Susannah Cibber who premiered Handel’s masterpiece.
Watch our film that tells the story of THAT ONE MOMENT in HANDEL'S MESSIAH, when Susannah Cibber premiered the aria He Was Despised on a Dublin stage in 1742. films.radiowest.org
See the full performance with Kirstin Chavez, Loren Carle, Eleanor Cox, Paula Cho, Jakob Hofer, Jamie Jackson, Audrey Lund, and Connor Madsen, recorded at the University of Utah School of Music's Thompson Chamber Music Hall.
Live community performances of Handel's Messiah in Utah:
Wasatch Master Chorale Christmas Concert, Dec 15-16, Ogden Tabernacle
Murray Symphony, Dec 16, Hillcrest Junior High School
Oratorio Society of Utah, Dec 17, Kingsbury Hall
Tooele City, December 17, Tooele High School Auditorium
West Jordan Symphony, December 17, (sing-in), Jordan Oaks LDS Stake Center
Nebo Holiday Chorus and Orchestra, December 20, Spanish Fork High School
North Logan Stake Choir, Choruses, Soloists and Orchestra, December 17, Tabernacle Square in Logan
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, March 22, Tabernacle