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Utah Symphony kicks off the season with the ‘Messiah’

Submitted by the Utah Symphony | Utah OperaHoliday tradition continues with the Utah Symphony's annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Maestro Thierry Fischer conducts the Utah Symphony, the Utah Sym

Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own scores so they can sing along to the music that, last year, Fischer called "a masterpiece that is truly inspiring."

Handel’s "Messiah" is an oratorio, religious music with a story sung by a choir.

At the time of the composition, Handel’s operas had run their course with audiences and had fallen out of favor. In less than a month, Handel had composed "Messiah," a feat which he said was only possible because the heavens seemed to open to him.

This performance will feature baritone Chris Clayton, soprano Melissa Heath, and Utah Resident Artists mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis and tenor Tyson Miller, who will perform the solos and blend their voices with the Utah Symphony Chorus and audience members.

At Saturday evening’s performance only, members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be seated in the audience and sing alongside symphony goers.

The practice of standing for the "Hallelujah" Chorus is the stuff of legend.

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The lore follows that King George II first stood for the chorus in 1743, making it necessary for all of his subjects to stand. No one actually knows whether or not he did this or if he was even at the performance.

Another legend states that the audience rose to their feet in awe at Handel’s mastery as a spontaneous show of emotion during the premiere.

It is also interesting to note that, contrary to modern convention, Handel clearly intended "Messiah" for the Easter observances rather than Christmas and the performances during his day were always given in the spring.


Utah Symphony Opera Latinos (Sol) will be hosting a caroling session featuring Spanish songs from Latin American cultures in the lobby starting from 5:30 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 29.

Utah Sol is a group that connects Latino classical music aficionados in the Salt Lake City community through great live music, special monthly events, and the shared experience of attending Utah Symphony and Utah Opera performances together.

For group discounts and to sit with others in the Utah Sol group, please contact Shawn Fry at 801-869-9046 .

Tickets for the Utah Symphony’s presentation of Handel’s "Messiah" range from $18 to $69 and are available by visiting http://www.arttix.org or by calling 801-355-2787 .

In addition, $10 tickets are available to both performances for patrons ages 30 or younger. Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance. For more information, visit http://www.utahsymphony.org.