Rejoice in the Spirit of Handel’s Glorious “Messiah,” Featuring the Heavenly Voices of World-Class Soloists and Pacific Chorale
Angelic voices sing out with heavenly praise during Pacific Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Christmas masterpiece—the glorious “Messiah.” With blazing trumpets, thundering timpani and a heart-stirring “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel’s most famous oratorio offers listeners a masterful combination of theatrical effect and spiritual reflection. Set to texts selected from Holy Scripture by Charles Jennens, the piece is a three-part meditation on the life of Jesus—from his birth, to his time on Earth and death, to the resurrection. American guest conductor Robert Moody leads the Symphony along with Pacific Chorale and world-class soloists that includes soprano Katherine Mueller, countertenor David Trudgen, tenor David Blalock and baritone Troy Cook.
Sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank, “Handel’s Glorious Messiah” takes place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Christmas carolers roam the lobby beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$110. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit Click Here.
“Handel’s ‘Messiah’ has become one of the truest ‘not-to-be-missed’ experiences for a great number of people each holiday season,” says Maestro Moody Handel’s masterpiece, which he wrote in a little over three weeks. “The work marries some of the greatest music ever written to the Christ story. And even though it is now most popular at Christmastime, the work carries the story of the Messiah from birth through death and resurrection to the great white throne scene signifying the end of all strife on Earth. For those who are not of the Christian faith, the work still speaks with great impact, for it is indeed some of the most powerful music ever created.”
At the first performance of “Messiah” people were so moved during the “Hallelujah” chorus that they spontaneously rose to their feet, a tradition that persists today in many parts of the world. Although it was written for and premiered during Lent and Eastertide, Handel’s masterpiece has become the quintessential classical music tradition of the Advent season, offering a message of hope and renewal that is relevant year after year.
“I realized last December that I had just led my 100th performance of ‘Messiah,” says Moody. “Clearly, I love the work and have a more intimate connection to it than just about any other work I’ve conducted. I tend to thrive on ‘epic’ works and ‘Messiah’ is the pinnacle. My extensive work in opera and my years as a kid in Sunday school created strong connections for me. ‘Messiah’ is a series of ruminations on the Messiah, as opposed to a definite story with a plot. But one still needs to feel the drama of a story, from beginning to end. I strive to capture that.
“There is little music more satisfying for me on this planet than the final ‘Amen’ of ‘Messiah,’” he continues. “But truly, it is hard to pick a favorite musical moment. That’s like asking someone to pick a favorite child. It’s all phenomenal!”