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Happy 250th Birthday Handel! Can I get a Hallelujah?

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2009 celebrated the 250th birthday of composer George Frideric Handel so it’s only fitting this Xmas season that the Messiah should rule the airwaves. Handel’s oratorio masterpiece, Messiah, was the triumph of Handel’s composing life, and indeed caused quite an outburst of royal emotion in 1743! Whether his foot fell asleep or the spirit truly moved him, King George II rising to his feet during the Hallelujah chorus has resulted in one of the most enduring Messiah traditions. (Can I get a Hallelujah?)

This past Sunday, the Cary Community Choir performed the Messiah, directed by David Mellnik. You may have seen Mellnik before performing and directing in various orchestras and opera companies here and throughout the east coast. Local solo artists included soprano Leda Scearce and mezzo-soprano Karyn Friedman, both who’ve featured in many opera and stage roles in the Triangle.

Handel’s oratorio is a magnificent piece of music. Messiah rules! For Hours and Hours! For Ever and Ever!  Here’s a clip complete with lyrics so you can sing along and wish Handel Happy Birthday in your own special way.

Written by Darla

December 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

Posted in Classical

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  1. Hmm, 2009 minus 250 would be 1759, the year Handel died. At least it was the anniversary of his passing. Still, though, thank you for remembering.


    February 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    • True indeed Peter! Actually it should be titled Happy 250th Anniversary Handel….as that is what the year was designated in the various Handel performances around the world. Well spotted!


      February 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

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