Students: $5 (21 and younger)
Tickets are available online (processing fee applies). Cash/check sales are available in person at the FUMC music office (no processing fee apply to cash/checks transactions).
LOCATION: First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Ave. Colorado Springs, CO
Undoubtedly the most revered sacred choral and orchestral composition ever written, Handel’s Messiah was completed on September 14, 1741 in just 24 days of feverish work. Handel chose Dublin, Ireland for the premiere because he and his music enjoyed great popularity with Irish audiences.
Messiah, with its great choruses and beautiful melodies, has continued its tradition of elevating the human spirit with the eternal magnificence of great music. Handel remarked that he did not want to “entertain” the audience with this oratorio, but he wished “to make them better” as the result of having attended a performance. Handel received no personal gain from the premiere, but wanted all the ticket proceeds to benefit orphanages and a debtor’s prison.
On Sunday, December 8th at 3:00 p.m., Director James Steven Harter – Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church–will conduct a performance of Messiah with the Chancel Choir and full orchestra. Well-known professional singers Amy Maples, soprano; Valerie Nicolosi, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Fosha, tenor; and Peter Tuff, baritone will complete the musical forces. Audiences attending the performance will have the opportunity to connect with the timeless traditions surrounding Messiah, including standing for the Hallelujah Chorus which dates to the time when English King George II, so moved by the music, stood in amazement. When a monarch stands, so must everyone else.