Enjoy Handel’s Messiah Stream This Easter!
During this Easter season, we invite people around the world to enjoy internet streams or on-demand viewings of Handel’s Messiah by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with renowned guest soloists Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, and Tyler Simpson.
This special Messiah performance, recorded in 2018, will be streamed on Good Friday, April 10 on a variety of websites and social channels to enable individuals and families worldwide to draw closer to Jesus Christ and celebrate Easter at home, especially if church services aren’t available due to current conditions.
Messiah was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1742 with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens. It recounts the story of Christ’s life in three sections, from His birth to His death and eventual Resurrection. Messiah has become one of the best known, most beloved, and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.
The Tabernacle Choir website (tabchoir.org/messiah) contains many rich background information sources about Handel, the writing of Messiah, talks about Messiah by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and more. These resources can be used for lessons with families prior to or after listening to the stream at home. Some of these resources are also available in French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The Messiah internet stream will begin at 7:00 p.m. (mountain) on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 from the many options listed below:
- 24/7 Radio Stream on SaintsChannel.ChurchofJesusChrist.org (audio only)
Social, Digital, and Other Channels
- Amazon Alexa (audio only) (click for details on using Alexa)
Messiah On-Demand Information
On Friday, April 10 after the end of the stream (approximately 11 p.m. MDT), the full Messiah oratorio will be available to watch whenever convenient at TabChoir.org/messiah and YouTube.com/TheTabernacleChoir. The oratorio lasts approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with two short 5-minute intermissions. Also following the end of the stream Friday night, Alexa will play the Messiah oratorio upon request until Easter Sunday, at midnight. (Just say, “Alexa, play The Tabernacle Choir.”)
BYUtv Broadcast and On-Demand Information
BYUtv, the family cable station, will broadcast the 2018 Messiah performance on Easter Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m.(mountain) on TV, at byutv.org, and on the BYUtv app. The performance will be available for on-demand viewing on byutv.org.
Live Messiah Tradition Anticipated to Resume in 2021
The live 2020 concert event scheduled in the Salt Lake Tabernacle was cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. It is anticipated that the biennial tradition of Handel’s Messiah performances by the Choir and Orchestra will resume at Eastertime in 2021.