In 1741, deep in debt and out of favor as a composer, George Frideric Handel accepted a commission for a benefit concert in Dublin, Ireland. On August 22 the fifty-six-year-old sequestered himself in his London home and began to compose music to biblical texts heralding the life of Jesus Christ. Twenty-three days later, he completed a 260-page oratorio he named Messiah. Without question, this brilliant masterpiece has thrilled and inspired listeners from Handel’s time to our own.
This year’s community event features an outstanding choir with soloists including Matt Black, Timothy Ritchie, Jan Millard, Jill Etter, Rachel O’Keefe, and others, joined together with John Davies at the organ, Mount Zion Orchestra and director, Alice Beebe.
we were preparing for this Easter Messiah program, we discussed the
possibility of having a beautiful exhibit of paintings significant to
the message in Handel's Messiah. We are pleased to make available six
beautiful paintings by a renown portrait and gallery artist, Del
Parson. We invite
all to come and participate in this glorious presentation of Handel's
Messiah and enjoy the accompanying paintings.
Easter season specifically focuses on the Savior's life, His mission,
His sacrifice, and His resurrection. What better time to celebrate with
the beautiful words and music of Handel's Messiah than just before
is a community event and all are invited to participate and we look
forward to more people joining with us to make this another wonderful,
successful and spiritually moving experience. The program is free to the public, however, because seating is limited, everyone will need a ticket. Please go to the above ticket reservation tab or call 816-252-1445 to reserve your tickets.
We do look forward to another glorious Messiah weekend. Again, the dates are Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12, 2014, at the historic Stone Church in Independence, Missouri.