Watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s new video released Thanksgiving weekend on the Choir website at https://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/wexfordcarol.html featuring “The Wexford Carol!” The new Mack Wilberg arrangement of this unforgettable carol was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square at the 2015 Christmas Concert and on their recently released Hallelujah! CD and DVD.
Today, almost 275 years since its premier performance, Handel’s beloved Messiah oratorio has become a favorite of both Christmas and Easter celebrations everywhere. Many will be surprised to learn that Messiah was not originally intended to be performed primarily as Christmas music. The first performance of Messiah took place in April, 1742 in Dublin and Easter-time performances continued during the decades that followed. Over the years, as the appreciation for Messiah spread, the number of Christmas season performances increased.