Concord Community Chorus Presents Handel's Messiah from Saint Paul's
December 24, 2012 - 8:00pm
Benjamin Greene conducts the 75-member Concord Community Chorus, professional orchestra and soloists in Concord’s 82nd annual performance of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah.” Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis with no tickets. For the Sunday, December 2nd performance, please arrive early to assure seating, which is limited to 400 persons. Doors to St. Paul’s Church, Park Street (across from the State House) in downtown Concord will open at 7:00 pm.
Handel's Messiah was met with eager ears at its debut on April 13, 1742, and has been captivating audiences ever since. Handel had staged a public rehearsal the day before its premier, creating quite a buzz. It is said that hundreds of people were turned away due to lack of space.
At its debut, Messiah was actually titled A Sacred Oratorio and all its proceeds were donated to local charities at the request of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Since its debut, there are many versions of Handel's Messiah. Handel himself reworked and edited his score countless times to fit the needs and abilities of his performers. While the true original is lost in a sea of variations, today's Messiah is as close to the original as music historiographers can agree upon.
This concert will air on ClassicalNH at 8 p.m. on December 24th