The Orchestra of Southern Utah and Southern Utah Chorale perform their 72th concert of Handel’s Messiah Concert on Sunday, December 9th and Monday, December 10th at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East) in Cedar City. This concert is presented FREE to the public thanks to the generous sponsorships of State Bank of Southern Utah and the Leavitt Group.
Due to the popularity of this holiday tradition, tickets are required. Free tickets may be obtained at the Heritage Center Box Office, located at 105 North 100 East in Cedar City. OSU and the Heritage Center ask that all ticket holders be seated no later that 7:15 pm. Open seats will be released at that time to those without tickets on a first come first seat basis.
The Orchestra is hosting a food drive in conjunction with the Messiah Concerts. All food will be donated to the Iron County Care & Share. “Too many in Iron County are trying to get by on too little,” stated OSU President Harold Shirley. “You can help stock our Care and Share Food Bank by bringing a canned good (or two) to this year’s Messiah performance.
This year, the Cedar City Interfaith Council will be giving away cookies after each night’s performance of Messiah. They will also be selling CDs to raise funds for our local Care and Share.
The Messiah Concert is conducted by OSU Conductor and Music Director Xun Sun. The Chorale is under the direction of Kevin Baker. Soloists include Larry Johnson, Annie Powell, Shaye Leavitt, Laurice Williamson, Melissa Leavitt, Taliah Byers, Jan Pressgrove, Alex Byers and Christina Meikle.
Due to the length of the Messiah, only portions of the oratorio to be performed. This year’s pieces include the Overture, “And the Glory,” “O thou that tallest good tidings,” “For unto us,” “Glory to God,” “His Yoke is Easy,” “Lift up your heads,” “Hallelujah,” “Since By Man Came Death” and “Worthy is the Lamb” plus several of the popular arias.
George Frideric Handel composed the Messiah in 1741, completing the masterpiece in an astonishing 24 days, drawing inspiration from a libretto by Charles Jennings as well as Isaiah and Job in the Old Testament and Luke, Matthew, John, First Corinthians, and Revelation in the New Testament. The well-known and ever popular “Hallelujah” chorus, however, is taken from Revelation.
The now famous oratorio was first performed for Easter in 1742. It was not performed in the winter until after Handel’s death in 1759. Since then, Messiah has become an integral part of the holiday season all over the world. It has been performed countless times in December, though portions of the work are sometimes performed at Easter.
The Messiah Concert is performed Sunday, December 9th and Monday, December 10th. Tickets may be obtained for no charge at the Heritage Center Box Office. Doors open at 6:45 pm. OSU and the Heritage Center asks that all ticket holders be seated no later that 7:15 pm. Open seats will be released at that time to those without tickets on a first come first seat basis.
Many in our area need a little extra at this time of year, so the Orchestra of Southern Utah encourages patrons to bring a few extra cans of food to help our Care and Share. “When we each give a little, we help a lot,” said Shirley.
OSU welcomes all children over the age of six with adult supervision. OSU requests that babies and children less than six years old not attend as the concerts are recorded.
For more information, please visit www.orchestraofsouthernutah.org or call the Heritage Center Box Office at 435-865-2882.