Welcome to Handel's Messiah
Messiah was composed in London by George Friderick Handel during the summer of 1741 and premiered in Dublin, Ireland in April of 1742. Handel repeatedly revised Messiah, leading to its most familiar version in the performance to benefit the Foundling Hospital in 1754.
This oratorio - a musical composition that tells a sacred story with voices and orchestra - presents the story of the redemption of sinful mankind by Emmanuel, Jesus Christ. The complete libretto (the words) uses 79 Scripture verses from the Old and New Testaments.
The greatness of this work has been appreciated through the centuries not merely for the intense drama, but for the powerful expression of the text in musical language. So fitting are the lofty heights of the "Hallelujahs," the perceptible dissonance in the "bruised" and "despised" Lamb of God, and the flowing approval of the never-ending "Amen." The music expresses the words so dramatically that the message is unforgettably imparted to the listener.
People may come to this concert to be entertained by Handel's Messiah. However, over 250 years ago, Handel himself reacted to this thought when he said to a friend, "I do not wish to entertain them, sir, but to make them better."
Click here to listen to a Rockford Choral Union performance of the Hallelujah! Chorus.
At the 2017 performances, Nathanael "Nat" Bauer will return for his 16th season as director of the Rockford Choral Union.
Soloists for 2017
.: Amy Conn, Soprano
.: Tracy Watson, Mezzo
.: William Watson, Tenor
.: Nicolai Janitzky, Baritone
Accompanists for 2017
.: John Summers, Organ
.: Mitch Olson, Harpsichord
.: Mark Baldin, Trumpet
.: Karen Boeger, Rehearsal Pianist
Chamber Orchestra for 2016