This Easter week the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is offering its Second Annual LIVE Performance of Handel’s full oratorio Messiah free to the world! The concert will be performed inside the Tabernacle on Temple Square Thurs-Fri March 31-April 1, 2016, with simulcast to the Joseph Smith Memorial Theater, and the Conference Center Little Theater.
It will also Live Stream on Good Friday, March 25th to the world via internet beginning at 7:30 p.m. MDT.
I have learned that many church and community groups across the nation have been organizing their own “Sing Ins” to watch and sing along together with Friday’s Live stream! How awesome is that? So, you may want to check your local newspaper or do a Google search online to see if there is already a group organized in your home town you can gather with. (if not, why not organize your own?) Or, you can certainly watch and listen from the comfort of your own home.
This concert will also remain available On Demand for replay through Monday April 4th.
The event even has its own hashtag #MessiahLive for real-time interaction.
The entire world is invited to watch, listen, and even sing along!
Go to MormonTabernacleChoir.org to find all of the details, and you can even download a program and a musical score if you like!
I hope you will enjoy this ultimate musical Easter gift! Be sure to let me know if you’ll be watching between March 25-April 4, and I’d love to hear your thoughts afterward! – MoSop
The Choir and Orchestra will be joined by four New York Metropolitan Opera soloists with extensive musical backgrounds.
Performing the soprano solo will be Erin Morley, an acclaimed artist who has sung at opera houses around the world and with leading orchestras in the U.S. She has local ties (her father sang in the Choir and her mother currently plays in the Orchestra) and last appeared with the Choir and Orchestra in their well-received 2015 Christmas concerts.
Photo by Carlo Allemano
Sasha Cooke, a performer described by the New York Times as “a luminous standout,” will sing the mezzo-soprano role. In addition to her Met performances, she has appeared at opera houses from Vienna to Singapore and regularly performs with the world’s major symphonies.
Photo by Nick Granato
Paul Appleby, tenor soloist, will appear this year for return engagements at the New York Metropolitan Opera and have his San Francisco Opera debut. At home on concert, recital, and opera stages, he has appeared with key orchestras in New York, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
Photo by Frances Marshall
With a voice described as “vocally robust,” Joseph Barron, a bass-baritone has appeared in multiple seasons at the Met, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Opera of Philadelphia. He was winner at the 2011 Metropolitan Opera auditions and also of the 2013 Sullivan Awards for opera singers. Barron will also appear with the Choir and Orchestra on the Sunday, March 27 Music and the Spoken Word broadcast.
Photo by Pete Checchia