Okay, we may not dress up on Sunday, but we will sing the glorious Messiah – not only the Christmas portion but also much of the amazing Part II (it’s all about those sheep, those sheep). Come and sing “He trusted in God,” the Hallelujah Chorus and the fabulous “Worthy is the Lamb” with the able singers of the Nashoba Valley Chorale.
Here’s a little history, from the Smithsonian magazine (2009):
George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering. It burst onto the stage of Musick Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The audience swelled to a record 700, as ladies had heeded pleas by management to wear dresses “without Hoops” in order to make “Room for more company.” Handel’s superstar status was not the only draw; many also came to glimpse the contralto, Susannah Cibber, then embroiled in a scandalous divorce.
The men and women in attendance sat mesmerized from the moment the tenor followed the mournful string overture with his piercing opening line: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” Soloists alternated with wave upon wave of chorus, until, near the midway point, Cibber intoned: “He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” So moved was the Rev. Patrick Delany that he leapt to his feet and cried out: “Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!”
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-glorious-history-of-handels-messiah-148168540/#x3m0wvWqxEjMAdWU.99