GW Chamber Choir: Messiah

The Chamber Choir of The George Washington University will perform Part I of G. F. Handel's (1685-1759) Messiah this winter. With soloists drawn from the students in the Chamber Choir, this performance will have a historically informed approach thanks to the coaching and participation of baroque specialist PROF. JOSEPH GASCHO, who will accompany on harpsichord. A small chamber orchestra and organ will also be heard. While Messiah is most often performed in the Advent and Christmas season, only Part I actually depicts this portion of Christian theology. Parts II and III are often referred to as the Easter portions, portraying the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ. Written over the period of only ten days (thanks, in part to Handel's borrowing from other of his works), the first performance took place in Dublin in 1742. Through many revisions and iterations, both his own and those of later composers including W.A. Mozart, Handel's best-known work has come to represent the most beloved choral work in the repertoire.