Messiah: The Virtual Edition 

George Frideric Handel: Messiah


YouTube Premiere:
Saturday, December 5, 2020


Handel 150.jpgThe Charlotte Master Chorale will lead a sing-along virtual
 performance of Part I (the “Christmas Portion”) of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This event is intended for singers and audience members throughout the Charlotte community to help present this time-honored tradition. This online Messiah  includes a virtual-choir opportunity for singers to join together to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” 

Handel was a champion of Italian opera, which he had introduced to London in 1711. He subsequently wrote and presented more than 40 such operas in London's theaters. By the early 1730s, though, public taste for Italian opera was fading. Handel remained committed to the genre, but as alternatives to his staged works, he began to introduce English-language oratorios.

In July of  1741, librettist Charles  Jennens sent Handel a new libretto for an oratorio. In a letter dated July 10 to his friend Edward Holdsworth, Jennens wrote: "I hope [Handel] will lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it, that the Composition may excell all his former Compositions, as the Subject excells every other subject. The Subject is Messiah."


 

2020 Fall Events

Margins

Margins

October 3 launches our 2020-21 season with the online premiere of "Margins", featuring Pulitzer-prize winning composers Caroline Shaw and David Lang. This is a unique collaboration between the Bechtler Museum, Bechtler Ensemble, Northwest School of the Arts, and the Chamber Singers of the Charlotte Master Chorale.
Stand Together

Stand Together

Premiering Saturday, November 21, Stand Together features the Charlotte Master Chorale and our friends at the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble. We will feature Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, as well as other works that encourage unity and generate a healthy conversation in our community.
Messiah

Messiah

Premiering on Saturday, December 5, Charlotte Master Chorale will lead a sing-along virtual
 performance of Part I (the “Christmas Portion”) of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This event is intended for singers and audience members throughout the Charlotte community to help present this time-honored tradition. This online Messiah includes a virtual-choir opportunity for singers to join together to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale

Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale

Premiering Saturday, December 19, 2020, Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale will feature all of the ensembles of the Charlotte Master
 Chorale and will serve to quench the thirst for “live” Christmas music. This production will highlight some of the great carols of the season, as well as inspiring seasonal repertoire that promotes hope, love, joy, and peace. We hope this annual event will serve as a pillar in the December concert season.