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Handel's Messiah
Posted on November 21st, 2014

A Shoreline performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah is scheduled for Sunday, December 21 at 5:30pm in the First Congregational Church of Branford (on the Green).    Seasonal performances of Handel’s Messiah, for many, are as popular as performances of The Nutcracker and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show.  The Branford Messiah production is offered to the community for free.  This 26th annual performance is once again being directed by Wesleyan University professor Roy Wiseman. Soloists for the performance will be: Lielle Berman-soprano, Krysty Swann-mezzo soprano, Ed Hull-tenor and Jorell Williams-bass.  Joining them will be more than 50 community singers and a 14-piece orchestra.  The performance is free to attend though a free will offering is greatly appreciated.  As this performance is always well attended it is suggested that you plan on arriving at least 20 minutes early to be assured of a seat.
For anyone who has ever attended a performance of this masterwork one knows that it is common practice for all to stand for the finale chorus “Hallelujah.”  Have you ever wondered why this is done?  I expect that there are many stories or reasons to explain this occurrence and many theories abound, the most common being that King George II, attending that London premiere of  Messiah in March of 1743, was so moved by the “Hallelujah’’ that he stood up - and if the king stands, everybody stands!  Whatever the reason, it is a wonderful tradition and a wonderful tribute to the performers (
Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass singers are welcome to join the chorus for rehearsals on Sundays December 7 and 14 from 3 – 5:30pm and on Wednesday, December 17 from 7 – 9:30pm.  Rehearsals are held at the First Congregational Church on the Green in Branford.

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