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The Tabernacle Choir and the World Famous “Hallelujah” Chorus from Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most beloved and widely performed choral works in the world. The oratorio, composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, tells the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and Resurrection through music and lyrics drawn from the Bible. Its popularity has endured for over two centuries, and it continues to be performed by choirs and orchestras around the globe.

One of the most celebrated performances of Handel’s Messiah is by The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since its founding, the Choir has become an icon of American choral music and has performed for countless dignitaries, presidents, and audiences worldwide.

In 1910, The Tabernacle Choir made its first recordings, which included the “Hallelujah” chorus; this was most likely the first recording of Messiah music outside of England. It was also the first recording of a Messiah piece to use an established choir, as all early recordings were made using temporary choirs comprised of provisional singers. Since then, the choir has performed the oratorio numerous times, both in its entirety and in excerpts, becoming a tradition for many people during the Easter season. The choir’s performance of Messiah has been recorded and broadcasted many times, garnering critical acclaim and earning awards.

Text for “Hallelujah” comes from the book of Revelation in the New Testament. Revelation 19:6 reads, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Revelation 19:16 reads, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.” Revelation 11:15 reads, “And he shall reign for ever and ever.”

The Tabernacle Choir’s rendition of Handel’s Messiah is characterized by its impeccable choral blend, exquisite solos, and dramatic orchestral accompaniment. The choir performs with a spirit of reverence and joy, conveying the message of hope and redemption that is central to the work. The Choir’s mastery of Handel’s complex and nuanced score, combined with its impeccable diction and pronunciation, makes for a transcendent listening experience.

The Tabernacle Choir’s performances of Handel’s Messiah have become a cherished tradition for audiences around the world. They offer a sublime musical experience that touches the heart and soul, reminding us of the enduring power of music to uplift, inspire, and heal. Whether you are a long-time fan of the Choir or a newcomer to its music, hearing their rendition of Handel’s Messiah is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Watch the world’s largest virtual “Hallelujah” chorus. Over 2,500 singers virtually join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for an epic collaboration for the ages. Look for recognizable faces such as Donny Osmond, Peter Hollens, Alex Boyé, and more.

Easter with The Tabernacle Choir Playlist

This Spotify playlist makes it simple to celebrate the Easter season with the music of The Tabernacle Choir. It includes a large collection of Easter music for your enjoyment. As with all Choir playlists, the YouTube version has videos for many of the songs. You can click the list icon to save it to your YouTube library.

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