Handel’s Messiah

This large and complex work deals with the birth, life, death, resurrection, and legacy of Jesus Christ.  Handel composed the Messiah very quickly, focusing not on the words of Jesus, but rather on the legacy he left on this earth. The first part is the birth of Jesus, the second is the death and resurrection, and the third section is his legacy. 

Many people are familiar with the Hallelujah Chorus, typically sung at Easter because it conveys a musical interpretation of resurrection. For this performance, The MSVA will be joined by singers from area churches as well as a chamber orchestra and we will present all three parts, ending with the single greatest chorus in all of Baroque music, “Worthy is the Lamb - Amen.” We will take some cuts in the second and third parts, to shorten the over three-hour complete performance. However, we have crafted a telling rendition of Messiah that keeps the story and musical transitions in tack.

To make this performance even more special, we invite members of the community to bring your Handel Messiah score and sing-along with the Master Singers for the performance.  We are using the Messiah New Novello Choral Edition edited by Watkins Shaw.  There are two options for singers:

Option One: Core Group Singers. This option is for advanced singers who want to attend all rehearsals plus the dress rehearsal, sing all of the choruses, and stand on stage with the Master Singers. 


Location: St. David's Episcopal Church

7:00-9:30 p.m. on September 29

7:00-9:30 p.m. on October 20

7:00-9:30 p.m. on November 10 

7:00-10:00 p.m. on November 15. (Dress Rehearsal)

Option Two: Sing-Along Style. This option is for singers who want to attend only the dress rehearsal at 7:00 p.m. on November 15 and the concert. These singers will sit in the audience, as is the practice for sing-along Messiah performances. Any singer of any experience level is welcome to take this second option.

Our overall goal for this event is to foster greater community involvement with MSVA and to give all of those who would enjoy singing with us the opportunity.


Concert details

2 PM, Saturday, November 16, 2019

St. David's Episcopal Church

43600 Russell Branch Parkway

Ashburn, VA 20147