12/9/11: Handel's Messiah

Dec 8, 2011

Handel's Messiah has become closely associated with the Christmas season, but when it was first performed in 1742, it was during the Lenten season. Friday on RadioWest, we'll look at how it is the depressed composer wrote one of the world's most enduring pieces of music in just 24 days. Doug talks to playwright and author Tim Slover for a biographical look at the oratorio. (Rebroadcast)

Books and Music from Today's RadioWest:

Messiah Performances around Utah:

  • The Orchestra of Southern Utah, Cedar City, Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12 at 7:30. [Info]
  • Oratorio Society of Utah, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Sunday, December 18, 6:00 p.m. [Info]
  • Messiah Sing Along With Utah Lyric Opera, Orem, Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. [Info]
  • Know of more performances? Add them to the comment section below ...
  • Tim Slover, Messiah: The Little-Known Story of Handel's Beloved Oratorio
  • Handel: Messiah (1751 Version)