HANDEL, ARR. MOZART
Sanctuary Chorus and Festival Orchestra
Clara Rottsolk, soprano
Cheryse McLeod Lewis, mezzo-soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
Jonathan Silvia, bass
Scott Dean, conductor
Through scripture and some of the world’s most revered and beautiful music that has stood the test of time, Handel’s iconic masterwork reveals a portrait of Jesus like no other composition in the history of music.
The subject of Handel’s Messiah is God’s redemption of humanity through the Messiah, and the conflicts involved are viewed from cosmic and eternal perspectives. The librettist’s brilliant selection of scripture, and Handel’s remarkable composition, present a well-known story through a series of musical tableaux whose emotional progression can be appreciated by both believers and non-believers alike. Part One deals with prophecies concerning the Savior, and their fulfillment in His incarnation; Part Two charts the course of events from Christ’s passion to the final triumph of His second coming (Hallelujah!), and Part Three is a hymn of thanksgiving for the final overthrow of death.
The work is rarely heard in its entirety as it was intended—for Lent or Eastertide. Even more unique is the edition to be performed by this May 15 and 16 by the Sanctuary Chorus with Festival Orchestra in the Sanctuary.
Thirty years after Handel died Mozart was commissioned to update the sparse Baroque orchestration to the standards of the Classical era. With the utmost respect and restraint, Mozart added flutes, clarinets, horns, and bassoons to Handel’s original orchestration and vocal parts to create a colorful and distinctive nuance to the text. This promises to be an exceptional opportunity to experience Messiah, and see the face of Jesus, in a new light.
Save the date, share the story of God’s victory over death, make it a date with friends, and get your tickets starting this Easter.