First performed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1742, George Frideric Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah is without question the quintessential, don’t-miss holiday event for millions of people around the world. Completed in just 24 days, the scriptural text of Messiah was compiled by Charles Jennings from the King James Bible and the Coverdale Psalter (the version used in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer). Handel’s Messiah is a commentary on the Nativity, Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ, and is divided into three parts, each part subdivided into scenes by Jennings. At the end of Handel’s manuscript of Messiah, he wrote the letters “SDG” (Soli Deo Gloria) which translates as “To God Alone be the Glory.”
The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and Orchestra, under the direction of Kyle Ramey, will perform all three sections of this celebrated oratorio. In Part I, the Messiah’s coming and the virgin birth are predicted and the annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of Christ occurs. Part II covers Christ’s passion and death, his resurrection and ascension, and the first spreading of the gospel throughout the world. Part III begins with the promise of redemption, followed by a prediction of the day of judgment and resurrection of the dead, and ends with the final victory over sin and death and the acclamation of Christ.