Rockford Symphony presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ March 23

Staff Report

Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 314 N. Main St. The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Chorale will be featured. This is part of RSO’s ComEd Classics Series.

Without a doubt, Handel’s “Messiah” is the best-known and most-often-sung choral work ever written. Its Hallelujah! chorus ranks with the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as one of the most universally identifiable pieces of music.

Even though “Messiah” is most often associated with the Christmas season, Handel envisioned it as an Eastertide oratorio. His masterpiece — almost an opera without stage action — dramatically moves from prophecies of the Messiah through Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection to the promise of his triumphal return.

This will be the RSO’s first performance of the entire “Messiah.”

Tickets are $20-$58 for adults; student tickets are available for $7 at the RSO box office or by calling (815) 968-0595.

From the March 20-26, 2013, issue

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