The Putnam Chorale will present Handel's Messiah in two concerts in December. This masterwork is one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. The libretto was compiled by Charles Jenner in July 1741, drawing from texts in the King James Bible. Handel's early success writing English-language oratorios (or sacred works) spurred him to create the music for The Messiah. This oratorio spans the Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ.
When The Messiah premiered in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742, the audience swelled to a record 700 attendees. Women had heeded pleas by theatre management to wear dresses "without hoops" in order to make "room for more company." The men were similarly implored to "leave their swords at home". The Putnam Chorale won't ask you to do either, but you will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door, and all attendees (including singers and musicians) must be masked during the performance for the safety of the audience and the performers.
On Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm, the concert will be held at the St. Andrew and St. Luke Episcopal Church at 15 South Avenue, Beacon. On Sunday, December 5, at 2:30pm, the performance will take place at the First United Methodist Church at 83 Main Street in Brewster, NY. The concert will feature the 45-person chorale, a professional orchestra, and leading soloists from our area.
Tickets for this holiday classic are available online at https://www.putnamchorale.org/handels-messiah/ and advanced sale tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. All tickets at the door are $20.
The return of live music is thrilling to us, and we hope, to our patrons. Please join us as we perform this holiday classic for our loyal supporters, like you!