The Tabernacle Choir Blog

Hallelujah! It's a Messiah Sing-In

Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir join the Utah Symphony in a beloved holiday tradition, Handel's Messiah Sing-In, on November 29, 2014, in Abravanel Hall. The Choir members will be seated in the audience, lending their voices to what will be a 2,000-voice chorus. Utah Symphony Maestro Thierry Fischer will conduct the concert. The Symphony will also present the masterpiece on November 30.

Choir concertgoers will recognize soprano soloist Melissa Heath, who performed in the Choir's Easter presentation of Messiah. Other featured soloists include alto Abigail Levis, tenor Tyson Miller, and baritone Christopher Clayton.

Handel's brilliant Messiah is familiar to Choir members and audiences. The Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square are currently preparing a recording of Handel's Messiah for a 2015 release. They performed the full Messiah oratorio in an Easter concert that was streamed live to over 100 countries around the world.

Messiah had a humble beginning. In 1741, swimming in debt and out of favor as a composer, Handel accepted a commission for a benefit concert in Dublin, Ireland. On August 22, the 56-year-old sequestered himself in his London home and began to compose music to biblical texts heralding the life of Jesus Christ. In just 23 days he completed a 260-page oratorio he named Messiah.