Handel's Messiah

FAQ: Handel's Messiah

Will Messiah still be streamed on the internet on April 10? 

Yes! A special Messiah peformance, previously recorded in 2018, by the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square with renowned guest soloists--Amanda Woodbury, Tamara Mumford, Tyler Nelson, And Tyler Simpson--will be streamed over the internet on Good Friday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) 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. It will also be available on-demand after the stream ends. See tabchoir.org/messiah for further details.

Where can I watch the Messiah stream?

The stream of the 2018 Messiah performance will be available to watch from a variety of websites and social channels. Messiah will be broadcast on BYUtv and BYUtv.org. Messiah will also be available to view on-demand after the live stream ends from the Choir’s website. For all viewing details see: How to View 2020 Messiah

When watching the Messiah internet stream, will I be able to start and stop the stream?

Once the stream has started you will be able to stop and start the stream as needed. You will be able to back up but not move forward beyond the point of the actual stream signal. 

Will I be able to watch the Messiah at a time convenient for me? 

Yes! Check How to View 2020 Messiah for details.

Will I be able to download Messiah

The Messiah stream will not be downloadable. It will, however, be available online after the end of the live stream at tabchoir.org/messiah and from the Choir’s YouTube channel.

What is the length of Messiah?

The complete oratorio is approximately two hours and 20 minutes, but with applause and two brief intermissions it will be closer to two hours and 45 minutes.

Will there be a countdown prior to the stream of the full concert? 

The Messiah stream will have a countdown beginning at 7:15 p.m. MDT with the full performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. MDT.  The 15-minute countdown will not be included when the on-demand Internet stream is posted.

If I want to plan a Messiah Sing-Along event in my home or other location, what should I know? 

Although the live performances in the Salt Lake Tabernacle do not invite audiences to sing, we encourage all patrons watching in locations around the world to join us in their own Messiah Sing-Along.  For ideas and resources, check Plan a Messiah Sing-Along with The Tabernacle Choir.

Will I need a sound system when planning a Messiah Sing-Along? 

To get the best audio quality possible for everyone in a group setting, connect to a sound bar, home theater system, or public-address system so that everyone can enjoy the sound.

What music score should I use for this Messiah

The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square recommends the use of the G. Schirmer Messiah which is in the public domain. Here is a link to a recommended G. Schirmer Messiah public domain PDF score (216 pages) that is downloadable. (Please be aware that public domain/copyright laws vary from country to country, so this copy may not be free of known copyright restrictions in all jurisdictions.) Music scores in additional languages for Messiah are available by changing the flag to the country of your choice on the same link above. 

If you want to purchase your own choral score, here is a link to purchase the frequently used score on Amazon.com.

How will I know when to start and stop singing?

Follow along in the music score for all the choruses. Arias are the solo parts and it is not usual practice to sing along with the soloists (you may get a poke in the side from those singing with you)! 

Why do audiences traditionally stand during the “Hallelujah” Chorus?

The tradition is said to have started when King George II attended a royal performance of Messiah. He was so moved, the story goes, when he heard the “Hallelujah Chorus” that he stood. It was customary that everyone in the king’s presence also had to stand, which led to the tradition of standing during this chorus which continues for performances even today. 

Where can I find more information about George Frideric Handel’s Messiah?

Messiah is an English-language oratorio by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens. The oratorio tells the story of Christ’s life in three sections, from His birth to His death and eventual Resurrection. It was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. Today, Messiah has become one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Watch the 30-minute Christmas special The Messiah Story for an understanding of Messiah’s history.

Where can I find information about featured soloists? Composer George Frideric Handel? Conductor Mack Wilberg? Messiah libretto (lyrics) in English? 

The 2018 Messiah concert program are posted on the website and contain information on all of the above.  The programs will be posted in a pdf format in five languages (libretto only in English) that may be downloaded and printed from  tabchoir.org/messiah. Additional Messiah resource and enrichment materials are available on our website tabchoir.org/messiah.

Where can I find information about the organists who will be performing Messiah?

Information on the organists who will be performing is available on the Choir’s website: https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/about/organs/bios.html

Where can I find Messiah resources from the Choir that are translated into French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish?

The www.tabchoir.org/messiah page will have four language options—French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish—for selected resources.  Click on the language option of your choice. 

Is there an audio recording of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s Messiah

Two versions of the 2016 recording are available to download or purchase: 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. To learn more about these recordings check here.

Both recordings can also be found on Spotify: Complete Oratorio and Highlights.

When will the live Messiah concert tradition resume? 

The live 2020 Messiah 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.