Messiah

Frederick Handel: Messiah HWV 56

December 18, 2018
Fredericton: The Playhouse
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December 19, 2018
Saint John: Imperial Theatre
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December 20, 2018
Moncton: Capitol Theatre
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Bravo series concerts are preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

Program Notes

Written in 1741, Messiah is the most popular and frequently performed oratorio ever written. The music is complex and deep, and demanding for the musicians, but ultimately it is the spiritual richness of the work that inspires so many to return to the piece time and time again.

Messiah tells the whole story of Christ- the prophecy of his coming, his birth, life, passion, resurrection and ultimately his glorification in heaven. It is an unusual work for Handel; the narrative is not linear, unlike his other religious oratorios. Rather, it is a series of scenes highlighting moments in the life of Christ.

This famously timeless work is a testament to Handel’s unparalleled skill in musical storytelling. Much of the appeal of Messiah lies in Handel’s bold and subtle use of text painting.

Because of its very contemplative and reflective nature and its ability to create spiritual unity beyond the boundaries of a church, the Messiah has become the highlight of the holiday season for many.