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Handel's Messiah

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Friday, we’re talking about George Frideric Handel's beloved Messiah oratorio. It’s a story with scandal, godliness, and of course, beautiful music.

RadioWest divider.


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. (Rebroadcast)

Tim Slover's book is called Messiah: The Little-Known Story of Handel's Beloved Oratorio. [Indie bookstores|Amazon]. It includes a CD featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing.

On Saturday, November 24, and again that Sunday, the Utah Symphony presents its Messiah Sing-In at 7:30 p.m. DETAILS

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 CoxPaula ChoJakob Hofer, Jamie Jackson, Audrey Lund, and Connor Madsen, recorded at the University of Utah School of Music'Thompson Chamber Music Hall.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.