Why Messiah?

Why Messiah image for Muse LROn Sunday 6 December join CCS Artistic Director Tobias Cole and Paul Eldon from Coro to discuss the everlasting popularity of Handel’s Messiah, in the lead-up to the CCS performance on 12 December. The discussion will be facilitated by Helen Musa, Convenor of the Canberra Critics’ Circle, which recently gave Coro an award for their performance of the 1742 version of Messiah in July.

After a smash hit premiere in Dublin 1742, Messiah had a controversial debut in London and almost sank without a trace. Its popularity began in 1750, when Handel revived Messiah for his second benefit concert for the Foundling Hospital, beginning a tradition of annual charity performances. 270 years later, people still rave about it:

‘grace, mystery and monumentality’
(David Owen Norris, pianist & composer)

‘the sound of our better selves’
(Tom Service, The Guardian)

‘a holiday soundtrack for the ages’
(Adam Baer, New York Sun culture critic)

‘People flock to see it whenever it is performed,
like the Rocky Horror Show, only much more dignified’
(‘Young Person’s Guide to Messiah’, Central Coast Philharmonia)

This is sure to be an afternoon of thoughtful and entertaining insights into the enduring appeal of Handel’s masterpiece. Book now at Muse.

Why Messiah? details
Panel discussion featuring Tobias Cole (Canberra Choral Society) and Paul Eldon (Coro)
Facilitiated by Helen Musa (Canberra Critics’ Circle)
3.30pm Sunday 6 December
Muse, East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston
Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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