Symphony Series: Handel's Messiah
Friday, December 1, 7:30pm
Central United Protestant Church - Richland, WA
Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
Walla Walla University Church - College Place, WA
Handel - Messiah
Courtney Ruckman, soprano
Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Buchanan, tenor
Michael Drumheller, baritone
Mid-Columbia Mastersingers - Justin Raffa, director
Please note: unless otherwise requested, the 8-concert season subscription will include the Walla Walla performance.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Handel wrote the first version of Messiah in only 23 days.
- Messiah was originally intended to be a work for Easter and was premiered in the spring during the Lent season. By the 19th century, it had become a regular December staple.
- All the proceeds from the premier on April 13, 1742 were donated to prisoners, orphans, and the sick. The performance raised 400 pounds, freeing 142 men from debtors’ prison.