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Handel’s Glorious Messiah

By December 12, 2023No Comments

Last week, the OCPS Team began our Holy Season by enjoying Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall – another spectacular performance by our very own Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful area with so much talent surrounding us!
Handel’s Messiah, composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741, is a renowned oratorio that has achieved lasting acclaim. Originally intended for the Easter season, it is now most commonly associated with Christmas performances. The work’s libretto, compiled by Charles Jennens, draws from biblical texts, emphasizing the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Handel completed the composition in a remarkable 24 days, displaying his prolific talent.
Messiah premiered in Dublin in 1742, and its London debut followed shortly thereafter. The oratorio’s triumphant “Hallelujah” chorus has become iconic, earning it a place in cultural celebrations worldwide. Standing during that famous Hallelujah chorus, a tradition said to have begun in 1743, occurred when King George II rose from his seat, enthralled by the beauty of the music. Not wanting to offend the king, the audience also stood, and has done so around the globe ever since, every time the Hallelujah chorus has been performed.

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