Experience Handel's Messiah with the San Jose Symphonic Choir
Celebrate this special time of year with the San Jose Symphonic Choir as they present Georg Frideric Handel’s Messiah, performed in full and conducted by Music Director Leroy Kromm with the San Jose Baroque Orchestra.
Messiah’s stunning first performance was on April 13, 1742. Handel was already so famous that the audience was urged to leave their hoop skirts and swords at home to make more room in Dublin’s Great Music Hall. A record 700 people attended the performance. After a sneak peek at the dress rehearsal the night before, excited newspapers had reported that the oratorio “far surpasses anything of that Nature, which has been performed in this or any other Kingdom.” What a great start to what is probably the most-performed piece of classical music in the world!
Originally premiering as an Easter piece, since the 19th century, Messiah has usually been performed in the Christmas season. It deals equally with both subjects and is a carefully crafted and shaped portrait of the life of Jesus, beginning with the prophecy of his coming, and continuing through his birth, death, and resurrection. The creator of the libretto was Charles Jennens, a close friend and collaborator with Handel.
Messiah is the stuff of legend! The most intriguing surrounds King George II of England, who attended a London performance. Apparently, he was so overcome with emotion during the powerful Hallelujah Chorus that he rose to his feet. Of course, when the King stands, everybody stands, so the entire hall rose for the duration of the song. Ever since, in performance venues both religious and secular, there has been a tradition of standing during the Hallelujah Chorus. People do not always stand today, but when they do, they are carrying on a long tradition.
- Venue: Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
- Date: Sat November 23, 2019 7:30pm
- City: Saratoga
- Email: [email protected]
- Price Range: General Admission $35 in advance, $40 at the door Senior/Student/Military $30 in advance, $35 at the door
- Tickets: 408.995.3318