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Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:00 PM // Hill Auditorium

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel’s Messiah was composed over the course of a month in 1741, six months before its premiere in Dublin at a new concert hall where several of Handel’s operas were also performed. Even the dress rehearsal was ticketed, and the morning newspapers excitedly reported that the oratorio “far surpasses anything of that nature, which has been performed in this or any other Kingdom.”

Ladies were asked to attend without hoops and gentlemen without swords, to increase the capacity of the hall. The premiere was a triumph; the Dublin Journal proclaimed, “The sublime, the grand, and the tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic, and moving words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished heart and ear.”

Nearly 300 years later, Handel’s Messiah still evokes joy, and UMS’s presentation of the oratorio fills audiences with emotion for both the beauty of the piece and the pride of hearing friends and colleagues from the community bring this glorious work to life. Music director Scott Hanoian conducts the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in this annual community tradition.

Download sheet music for Hallelujah Chourus

Please Note: State Street will be closed through early February between Granger and Stimson. If you typically use this route to attend UMS events, please allow extra time for the detour, or consider taking a different exit.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • Carl and Isabelle Brauer Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

12/1/18 8:00 PM
12/2/18 2:00 PM

Hill Auditorium

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel’s Messiah was composed over the course of a month in 1741, six months before its premiere in Dublin at a new concert hall where several of Handel’s operas were also performed. Even the dress rehearsal was ticketed, and the morning newspapers excitedly reported that the oratorio “far surpasses anything of that nature, which has been performed in this or any other Kingdom.”

Ladies were asked to attend without hoops and gentlemen without swords, to increase the capacity of the hall. The premiere was a triumph; the Dublin Journal proclaimed, “The sublime, the grand, and the tender, adapted to the most elevated, majestic, and moving words, conspired to transport and charm the ravished heart and ear.”

Nearly 300 years later, Handel’s Messiah still evokes joy, and UMS’s presentation of the oratorio fills audiences with emotion for both the beauty of the piece and the pride of hearing friends and colleagues from the community bring this glorious work to life. Music director Scott Hanoian conducts the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in this annual community tradition.

Download sheet music for Hallelujah Chourus

Please Note: State Street will be closed through early February between Granger and Stimson. If you typically use this route to attend UMS events, please allow extra time for the detour, or consider taking a different exit.

SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • Carl and Isabelle Brauer Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

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