Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah

This musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works.

Continuing a Messiah Tradition with
the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

Since 2014, the Choir and Orchestra have performed Messiah at Easter time every two years in the Tabernacle and live streamed the concert over the internet to audiences around the world. During the 2018 Messiah performance, audiences joined the Choir via the digital stream in their homes with family and friends, or with larger groups in churches, schools, and community centers. Many will join us as their own Messiah events take place using the on-demand internet stream available from the Choir’s website for a limited period following the live performance. This tradition continues to be a wonderful way to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ with people all over the world.

The Choir is no stranger to Handel’s work. Through the years it has been pleased to performed selections from and the entire Messiah oratorio repeatedly. The first Messiah oratorio performance of the Choir and local community members took place in Salt Lake City in 1875. “Worthy Is the Lamb” from Messiah was the first of three numbers sung by the Choir in the World’s Fair music competition in Chicago in 1893. In 1910, the first recordings of the Choir included the “Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah. The 1959 recording of Messiah by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra and Richard Condie and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was later placed in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress because of its significance.

Handel's Messiah 2016 Recording

In March 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a landmark recording of Handel's beloved oratorio in an edition by Mack Wilberg for large choir and orchestra which still retains the Baroque aesthetics and sound of Handel's original masterpiece. Relying on history and musical tradition, Wilberg created a Messiah for our own time-available in two versions: the Complete Oratorio with a behind-the-scenes DVD, and a 60-minute Highlights version.

Messiah Resources and Information Available

To create a rewarding Messiah experience for audiences, the Choir has posted additional resources and information on our web page that will enrich the understanding of George Frideric Handel and this beloved Messiah oratorio.

Additional Messiah Resources