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Spokane Symphony, Spokane Chorale to present Handel’s ‘Messiah’ March 2, 3 at St. Aloysius Church

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 8, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

When George Frederick Handel wrote The Messiah in 1741, he credited divine inspiration, saying, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God himself.”

The Spokane Symphony and the Symphony Chorale will present the inspired oratorio at St. Aloysius Church, 302 E. Boone Ave., on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. as a special Lenten concert.

The Messiah, conducted by Fabio Costa and featuring soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, will be presented by the Spokane Symphony and Chorale for the first time since December 1984 when Music Director Fabio Mechetti was associate conductor.

It has become one of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music and was a favorite of Handel himself. In 1741, during a low spot in his career in England, a friend, Charles Jennens, convinced Handel to compose an oratorio based upon a compilation of Scriptures Jennens had arranged. Handel was convinced and began work on the oratorio. The entire work was written in a 24-day spurt from Aug. 22-Sept. 14, 1741. Messiah was performed for the first time in Dublin, April 13, 1742.

As with all oratorios, Messiah is divided into three parts, representing Christ’s birth, death, and Resurrection. In turn, each part breaks down into a series of arias and choruses, with a Scripture passage as its basis. The audience will be invited to join in singing the “Hallelujah.”

Ticket prices are $10 and $15 and are available Monday through Friday from 9:30-5 p.m. at the Spokane Symphony Ticket Office on the skywalk level of the Bank of America Financial Center (601 W. Riverside) or by calling (509) 624-1200. Tickets are also available on weekends and evenings, with a service charge, through G&B Select-A-Seat at 325-SEAT or 1-800-325-SEAT. Group rates are available.

The concert is underwritten by Mrs. Ruth H.S. Pearson.

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