I sing my prayers sometimes.
The Messiah is my favorite music to sing when I am in communication with Father in Heaven.
For many people around the world, listening and even singing along to George Frideric Handel’s beloved Messiah is a favorite Easter tradition, especially when it’s performed by The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
And even though COVID-19 has once again canceled the Choir and Orchestra’s live Easter concerts, on Friday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. (mountain daylight time), people can still enjoy a previously recorded performance by the Choir and Orchestra from home.
The 2018 performance of the oratorio featured world-class guest soloistssoprano Amanda Woodbury, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, tenor Tyler Nelson and bass-baritone Tyler Simpson, along with organists Andrew Unsworth and Brian Mathias.
Handel’s Messiah — with lyrics that quote scriptures about the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ — achieved lasting success after a fundraising concert in 1749 for London’s Foundling Hospital. “Easter-time performances of Messiahcontinued each year at the Foundling Hospital, and Handel conducted or attended every one of them until his death in 1759,” Dr. Luke Howard wrote in the program notes.
“Handel’s Messiah is a wonderful way to celebrate the life, death and Resurrection of Christ with believers all over the world,” said Ron Jarrett, Choir president.
Watch Live Stream
The internet stream begins Friday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. on the following websites, channels and apps:
- Facebook.com/Temple Square
- SaintsChannel.ChurchofJesusChrist.org(audio only under Radio > Tabernacle Choir)
- Amazon Alexa (Say, “Alexa, play The Tabernacle Choir.” The concert will be available through Sunday, March 28, at midnight.)
BYU Broadcasting Airings
The program will also air later on these outlets:
- BYUtv: Easter Sunday, April 4, at 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. MDT
- Classical 89: Easter Sunday, April 4, at 4:00 p.m. MDT
- BYUradio: Easter Sunday, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. MDT
- BYUtv.org and BYUtv app: View on-demand beginning Saturday, March 27, through April 27.
Watch On Demand
After the concert has been streamed, it will be available on-demand from the Choir’s website (TheTabernacleChoir.org/Messiah), YouTube channel and Facebook page. It will also be available on demand at byutv.org, on the BYUtv app, on the KSLtv Facebook page and KSLtv app.
Concert programs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German, as well as links to musical scores and other resource and historical material about Handel’s Messiah, are available at TabChoir.org/Messiah.
Sing Along to Messiah
Those who choose to sing Messiahalong with the Choir and Orchestra may download a PDF of the musical score and the concert program with libretto.
See the Choir’s website for other videos and resources, some of which are available in Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.