Next Mormon Tabernacle Choir Live Messiah in 2018!
On Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, 2018 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will once again present George Frideric Handel’s brilliant oratorio Messiah live in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. These performances, with world-class soloists, will be a special gift to people around the world as a prelude to Easter celebrations. The entire Messiah concert will be live streamed over the Internet on Friday, March 23, 2018, and will be available for on-demand viewing for the week following the concert on the Choir website and YouTube channel.
But those who cherish Messiah don’t have to wait until 2018. Here are two ways to enjoy it now:
- Save 20% on the Choir’s Newest Messiah Recording. Released March 4, 2016, this Mack Wilberg edition of the oratorio retains the aesthetics and sound of Handel’s original masterpiece for performance by a large chorus and orchestra. Two versions are available; the Complete Oratorio containing the full work on two CDs with a bonus DVD, and the Highlights version containing selected choruses and solos. This week only save 20% on the Complete Oratorio version (physical product only). Use coupon code MTCMES at checkout to receive the discount (on-line or in store). Offer expires on November 4.
- Watch and listen to excerpts from Messiah in the Hallelujah! CD and DVD: During the Choir’s 2015 Christmas concert, British actor Martin Jarvis, Metropolitan Opera soloists Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss, and Tyler Simpson, recounted through dramatic and musical narrative, the story of Handel’s composition and Messiah’s early performances. The performances are now available as Hallelujah! on CD and DVD.
In 2014, nearly twenty years since its last Messiah recording, the Choir, now with the Orchestra at Temple Square, gave a live performance in preparation for the new full-length recording of Messiah released earlier this year. At that time, Choir director Mack Wilberg said it would not be long before another live, full-length performance. He kept his word, and in March 2016 the Choir and Orchestra again performed Messiah in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
With a worldwide announcement and planning, the Easter 2016 Messiah performances were viewed over the Internet by more than 175,000 people in over 190 countries in homes, with family and friends, or with larger groups in churches, schools, and community centers. John Costa, a Catholic blogger wrote after seeing the performance, “I’ve experienced Handel’s Messiah many times, but for me this was clearly an exceptional vocal and musical harmony of scripture and the very best of human endeavor.” Early notice of the 2018 concerts is being provided to allow for advance planning by communities and churches to schedule such viewings.