Handel's 

Messiah

CONDUCTED BY DR. KAREN GARDIAS

DECEMBER 21, 2019

7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy the glories of Handel's Messiah in the comforts of the Brunelle Theater, all while supporting the Davis High School Music departments! Every other year, Dr. Gardias and DHS orchestra conductor Mr. Moreno bring together Handel's Messiah as a fundraiser for their respective music departments. The Davis Madrigals and Advanced Treble Choir both perform, and for the very first time DHS Jazz Choir will be involed as well! The Davis High School choirs and Davis Baroque Ensemble work extensively to perform for the Davis community, and would absolutely appreciate your support!

WHAT IS HANDEL'S MESSIAH?

Messiah – It is one of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history. Beethoven cited Handel with his Messiah as the greatest composer that ever lived. As program notes state, he finished Messiah in 24 days, never leaving his home during that time in 1741.  It is part of a 3 section work, divided into the birth, death and resurrection of Christ.  We are only singing the first section. NPR music commentator Miles Hoffman estimated that there are roughly a quarter of a million notes in Messiah. At a little more than three weeks of 10-hour days, Hoffman said that means Handel would have had to keep a continuous pace writing 15 notes a minute.

It was premiered in Dublin in 1742.  It was so popular that audience members were advised to leave their hoop skirts and swords at home when it became clear that Messiah’s premier would be overcrowded. Mozart re-orchestrated Messiah in 1789 and gave it a more modern sound by Classical orchestra standards. He humbly wrote that any alterations he made should not be seen as an effort at improvement. King George II was so moved by Messiah, he initiated the tradition of having the audience stand during the Hallelujah Chorus. Handel did not want credit for Messiah and wrote the letter SDG instead of his initials.  Handel wrote – soli deo Gloria –to God alone the glory.

2019 MESSIAH

2019 Handel's Messiah was a stunning success, join us again in December 2021! Order a DVD, Blue Ray or CD of the Davis High School Handel's Messiah for $25 each. Register an account, and select your purchases here charityauction.bid/Messiah

 

Be sure to leave your child's name and performance group in the notes of your order. If you need the recording mailed to you, select the option #604 to pay $5 for postage. Email thetanfamily@msn.com if you have questions or if you would like to arrange to pay with check or cash. Sales end on January 1!

SPECIAL THANKS

Program Design - Andrea Johnston

Sound Engineer - Tom Estes

Davis Media Access and student intern camera operators

Richard Brunelle Performance Hall Manager - Eric Richardson

ADVANCED TREBLE CHOIR BOARD MEMBERS

Marie Burns - Sue Hussey - Helen Sutton - Bruce Thompson - Laurie Carney - Andrea Johnson

MADRIGAL CHOIR BOARD MEMBERS

Mike Levy - Amy Kapatkin - Tadeusz Wroblewski - Elisa Levy - Andrea Ross - Wendy Hayworth- Kristie Sallee - Eric Bastin - Jennifer Chapman - Michael Bobell

JAZZ CHOIR BOARD MEMBERS

Tara Diel - Karen Fingerman - Karen Fee - Deborah Folb - Jennifer Nachmanoff - Tracey Soeth

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MAILING ADDRESS

Davis Madrigals, Inc.

PO Box 465

Davis, CA 95617