Handel's Messiah

Join us this Easter Sunday at 1 pm to hear a Philadelphia Orchestra concert that actually kicked off the holiday season in grand style this past December. WRTI will broadcast a joyous performance of Handel's Messiah, with a world-class roster of vocalists, a chorus of talented voices from throughout our region, and the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra, all conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin.

Although Handel’s Messiah is now regularly performed during the Christmas holidays, the work was actually premiered in the spring before Easter. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on the fantastically successful masterpiece, which was created by necessity in just 24 days over two centuries ago.


If you can't be at Verizon Hall for this Sunday's performance of Messiah, you can listen to last December's LIVE broadcast right here on WRTI -  on your radio or online!

Handel’s Messiah, originally composed for performance during the springtime Christian observance of Lent, has become a  contemporary staple of Christmas celebrations in modern America. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on this 18th-century oratorio.

On Sunday, December 21, at 1 pm, WRTI will rebroadcast The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale with soloists in a 2013 performance of Handel's Messiah, at The Kimmel Center

Not to be missed this Sunday at 2 pm is a special LIVE Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast of Handel's Baroque masterpiece, Messiah. It will be the only performance of this beloved work this season by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert is sold out; but you can hear it right here on WRTI!

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is to hear Handel's Messiah in performance. This year, on Christmas Day at 12 noon, we'll bring you a performance by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Baroque specialist Helmut Rilling with soloists Annette Dash, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Taylor, tenor; Shenyang, bass; and the Gaechinger Kantorei, Stuttgart. 

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis considers George Frideric Handel's iconic 18th-century oratorio and its interpretation in dance as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents choreographer Robert Weiss' MESSIAH, set to the music of Handel. The final performances of MESSIAH, at the Academy of Music, are on March 17th.

Susan Lewis provides background information and insight into Handel's Messiah. (Originally published in 2011.)

David Patrick Stearns profiles Jan Vogler. The much talked-about cellist is about to make his Philadelphia debut.

Susan Lewis looks ahead to performances of Handel's Messiah.

Jason Peifer looks at the role of the stage manager.

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