Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact: Dr. Meg Frazier, director of choral activities · email@example.com
Location: Roussel Hall, C/M Complex
Cost: Loyola Students/Faculty/Staff FREE; all others $10 preferred seat Get Tickets
Loyola University Choirs and Chamber Orchestra perform Handel's masterpiece in Roussel Hall.
Dr. Valerie Goertzen, assistant professor of music history, will give a pre-performance lecture, A Species of Musick Different from Any Other, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in Roussel Hall.
Messiah, first performed in Dublin and then in London in 1742, stands apart from Handel's other oratorios in its subject matter, the sources and structure of its text, and its performance history.
Dr. Goertzen examines some of the distinctive features of Messiah and views the work against the backdrop of musical life in Handel's time. Also addressed is the lively performance tradition of this popular oratorio, a work that has been sung and played every year since its premiere nearly 270 years ago.