Handel’s Messiah Some history behind the performance

By Carla Bass – City Editor
handels messiahHandel Messiah is a gift for anyone to be able to hear. For those unfamiliar with the piece, you’ve most likely heard, if nothing else, the “Hallelujah Chorus” hundreds of times. It would be unmistakable for those unaware if they have ever heard Handel’s Messiah.

Most do not know the history behind “Handel’s Messiah” and we will try to share with you the background to prepare you for coming to listen to performance.

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is presenting a performance on the evening of Thursday, December 28th, at 7:00 p.m., “Selections of Handel’s Messiah, an Oratorio by George Frederic Handel (1685 – 1759).” A reception will follow the performance. Leonard Kacenjar, Conductor featuring The Shreveport Festival String Quartet & Friends.

Performances will be given Amy Kessler, Soprano; Tori Windham, Alto; Tommy Corley, Tenor; Juan Garza, Baritone; along with Michael Scarlato, on solo trumpet.

Admission is free and open to the public. Monetary donations are welcomed. Canned and box goods for the poor are respectfully, gratefully and joyfully received.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah has become synonymous with the Christmas season, even though when it was first presented it was as an Easter offering. Only the first third of the orchestration dealt with the birth of Christ, with the second and third act focusing on the death and then resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It was first premiered at the Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. He was so moved by the performance, the Rev. Patrick Delany jumped to his feet crying out,”Woman, for this, be all be all thy sins forgiven thee!”

Several reasons accounted for the choice of Dublin for Messiah’s debut. Handel had…

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