Date: Friday 06 December 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7pm
Central United Methodist Church
Handel’s holiday masterpiece performed by the New Mexico Philharmonic, and joined by the wonderful Central United Methodist Church Choir. David Felberg conducts this holiday favorite.
Messiah, the most famous oratorio ever written, is quite unlike Handel’s others, let alone those by earlier and later composers. A German, who initially made his fame writing Italian operas for English audiences, Handel found in the 1730s that the public wanted something new and more understandable. After composing some three dozen Italian operas, works of great musical brilliance but often dramatically inert and set to mediocre librettos, he shifted his energies to creating what are in essence, sacred English operas.