Special Concert: Handel's Messiah

Daily, from 12/08/2018 to 12/09/2018, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Join us for this glorious musical rite of the holiday season, George Frideric Handel's Messiah. The Baroque-era oratorio still awes listeners 250 years after the composer's death. Due to last year's sell-out crowd, we're offering two performances this year: December 8 at 5:00pm and December 9 at 3:00pm. 

Handel composed Messiah at a rapid pace in August and September of 1741. The texts all come from the Bible and were selected by Charles Jennens, an arts patron and a friend of Handel's. The chosen scriptures begin with the Old Testament prophets foretelling the coming of the Savior and continue with Christ's birth, life, passion, and resurrection. 

At Saint John's Church, we are offering a performance that is historically minded, using period instruments, smaller forces, and bright tempos. Messiah is in three parts, and we are offering the vast majority of it this year (all other local churches have made significant cuts to the piece). We will again welcome guest conductor Timothy Brown, retired Director of Music at Clare College in Cambridge, England. 

Tickets $20. Available by contacting the church.