Handel’s Messiah has become a part of Advent tradition in the days leading up to Christmas. Composed in1742 to commemorate the life of Jesus as Christ, the music in Handel’s Messiah soars with the good feelings of Christmas time. On Saturday and Sunday, two Indianapolis nonprofit organizations team up to share this Christmas masterpiece with Indianapolis music. This weekend Encore Vocal Arts and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah to Indianapolis arts. The power of these Indianapolis arts organizations combined will definitely be enough to present this masterpiece with all the pomp and circumstance it requires.
Handel’s Messiah was composed in London, England during the summer of 1741. It made its premier in Dublin, Ireland on April 12, 1742, just in time for an Easter celebration. Since then the majesty of this composition has come to be an integral part of musical heritage around the globe. This English oratorio is one of the most famous compositions in Western choral literature. The libretto, by Charles Jennens, is taken entirely from the King James and other great bibles of the 18th century. The story interprets the Christian doctrine of the Messiah.
Though Handel’s Messiah was revealed in 1742, changes to the music and libretto continued to occur until nearly 40 years after Handel died. Handel himself made constant revisions to his masterpiece, but it was not until after his death that Mozart re-orchestrated a German version with an entirely new woodwind section. This section was commonly heard until the middle of the twentieth century when the historically informed piece was given rise in performance around the world.
Handel’s Messiah is a common Christmas tradition in the United States and other Christian dominated societies around the world. The Hallelujah Chorus has become an instantly recognizable piece of music for people of all faiths. Messiah is divided into three parts that cover the entire story of Jesus in Christian doctrine. The birth, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension and return of Jesus are all touched upon in the libretto of Messiah.
The power and legend surrounding this piece have given way to multiple performances of the piece in Indianapolis this holiday season. This weekend, Encore Vocal Arts and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will come together to present Handel’s Messiah. On Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 pm, the angelic voices of of Encore Vocal Arts will couple with the heavenly instrumentals of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra to fill the Second Presbyterian Church (North of Indianapolis downtown) with Handel’s beautiful composition.
The vocal talents of Serena Benedetti, soprano; Lexa Ferrill, mezzo-soprano; Brian Stucki, tenor and Kyle Ferrill, bass-baritone will be highlighted as they give solo performances. In addition, they will be joined by Encore Vocal Arts and the Second Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir. Do not miss this seasonal performance celebration of Handel’s Messiah. For more information about these Indianapolis performing arts groups, visit Encore Vocal Arts’ website or the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s website.
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Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 13 at 2:30 pm
Encore Vocal Arts
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Second Presbyterian Church
7700 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260