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"The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?"
Psalm 27:1


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Welcome to the official website of the Music Club Chorus of New Castle

Each year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Music Club Chorus of New Castle presents several selections from The Messiah, by George Frideric Handel.

The presentations are held at a different location in the New Castle area each year and are free to the public. A free-will offering is collected to help defray the production expenses.

Please check the Performance schedule in the EVENTS link above to learn the date and location of our next presentation.

If you enjoy singing and would like to join us for a wonderful experience, please check the Rehearsal schedule in the EVENTS link above for our rehearsal times and locations.


December 13, 2017
"A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't."
~ Jack Dempsey

The following is quoted from About.com...Classical Music

Handel's Messiah - HWV 56 (1741)
A Classical Music Profile of Handel's Messiah

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The creation of Handel's Messiah was actually induced by Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens. Jennens expressed in a letter to his friend that he wanted to create a Scriptural anthology set to music by Handel. Jennens' desire quickly turned into reality when Handel composed the entire work in only twenty-four days. Jennens wished for a London debut in the days leading to Easter, however, a doubtful Handel anticipated such a wish would not be granted. A year after the work was completed, Handel received an invitation to perform his music in Dublin to which he joyously agreed.

About the Music:

Throughout Messiah Handel employs a technique called text painting, where the musical notes mimic the lines of text. Jennens divided Messiah into three acts, giving the audience a better understanding of the music while simultaneously retaining its opera-like qualities. The most famous and recognizable piece form Handel's Messiah is the "Hallelujah" chorus, ending the second act.

Messiah's First Performance:

Messiah was met with eager ears at its debut on April 13, 1742. He had staged a public rehearsal the day before its premier, creating quite a buzz. It is said that hundreds of people were turned away due to lack of space. At its debut, Messiah was actually titled A Sacred Oratorio and all its proceeds were donated to local charities and hospitals for the mentally ill at the request of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Today's Messiah:

Since its debut, there are many versions of Handel's Messiah. Handel himself reworked and edited his score countless times to fit the needs and abilities of his performers. While the true original is lost in a sea of variations, today's Messiah is as close to the original as music historiographers can agree upon.

 

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