March 4, 2016 marks the release of the newest recording of Handel’s Messiah by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Relying on historical research and musical tradition, Mack Wilberg has created an edition of Messiah for our time. Two versions of the recording will be available: the Complete Oratorio, containing every movement of Messiah on two CDs with a bonus DVD, and Highlights, including some of the best loved choruses with featured selections by each of the soloists.
What 2014 Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert sold out in seven minutes? What 1959 Choir recording was one of the most successful classical recordings of its time and became a benchmark for classical musical recordings? The answer to both questions is Handel’s Messiah. This musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has had a relationship with Messiah for many, many years. In fact, the Choir’s first recording in 1910 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle included the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Over the years the Choir has recorded various selections from Messiah as well as the entire oratorio. In 1959, the Choir’s best-selling recording of Messiah received gold record recognition and it was later inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. On March 4, 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a new recording of Handel’s Messiah, edited and conducted by Dr. Mack Wilberg.
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.
Handel’s Messiah is a favorite at Christmas concerts and sing-ins. It’s not surprising then that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—with a new recording of the full work coming out in spring 2016—is presenting a montage of Messiah music coupled with a reading about the work’s creation. Acclaimed British actor Martin Jarvis, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in the year 2000, presents the compelling story.
In its first week, the world’s largest virtual “Hallelujah” chorus was viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube and over twice that on Facebook. The world is embracing the amazing collaboration between the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and singers around the globe.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their 2018 Messiah concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. Although all the tickets for the concerts have been distributed, there are still many ways for you to enjoy Handel’s famous oratorio.
This Easter season, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will celebrate the life and Resurrection of Christ by performing George Frideric Handel’s Messiah.
March 1: There are still free tickets available for the Conference Center Theater! See link below.
On Thursday and Friday, March 22–23, 2018, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s Messiah in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. These performances continue a tradition begun in 2014 of performing Messiah live in the Tabernacle every two years. George Frideric Handel’s musical masterpiece, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. Composed by Handel in just 24 days, this 260-page work has been performed around the world for over 275 years.
Early in 2016 the Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave fans the chance of lifetime by inviting singers to join in the world’s largest virtual “Hallelujah” Chorus. Fans from around the globe were encouraged to submit videos of themselves singing along with the “Hallelujah” part of their choice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Select singers were chosen to be featured in the final video with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
June 1875 was the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in Utah and the first Messiah production between Chicago and San Francisco. (The first West Coast performance of Messiah had been in San Francisco the previous November.) Performed by members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir combined with community members of other faiths, it was perhaps the crowning event in the musical history of Utah up to that time. That Messiah performance was directed by George Careless, then the music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and produced by the new Handel and Haydn Society, an “inter-denominational musical organization” created by Careless. The performance was given in the Salt Lake Theatre by two hundred singers and a full orchestra to a capacity audience.
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.
The hottest tickets in town were claimed faster than you can say “Halleluj….!” Gone—just like that!
Hallelujah! Thank you to everyone who purchased the new albums!
A Brief Background on Handel’s Messiah
To celebrate the birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during this 2016 Easter season, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah in its entirety. The concerts will be held on Thursday, March 24 and Good Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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On Friday March 4, 2016, just in time for Easter, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will release their newest recording, two versions of Handel’s Messiah: The Complete Oratorio on 2 CDs with a bonus DVD, and a 60-minute Highlights CD. This beloved musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, still attracts audiences around the world.
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.
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George Frideric Handel sequestered himself in his home for just over three weeks to completed the 260 page oratorio. He titled the massive work --Messiah. Without question, this brilliant masterpiece has been enshrined in the hearts of listeners from Handel’s time to our own.
For the first time in 10 years the full Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present the Easter concert, and perhaps for the first time ever the Choir will publicly performMessiah in its entirety. The concerts will coincide with Good Friday on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle with Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducting the event. Visit motab.org/messiah for details on the Easter concerts.
In 1741, swimming in debt and out of favor as a composer, George Frideric 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. Without question, this brilliant masterpiece has thrilled and inspired listeners from Handel’s time to our own.