Handel's masterful choral work "Messiah" was originally composed for a performance at Easter time, but over the years it has become firmly identified with Christmas and that is when we encounter most performances. Messiah is something of a chameleon, changing its form depending on the size of the performing ensemble. Originally composed for fewer than a hundred singers and instrumentalists, it was not uncommon in Victorian times for the work to be presented with over a thousand performers.
In this pre-concert talk, I'll share a cup of wassail (Christmas punch) with the audience and talk about the origins of Handel's masterpiece and how it has changed over time. If you are coming to this wonderful performance, do plan to come early and join me in the Porter Ballroom at Broward Center for a bit of holiday cheer.
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