FREE EVENT: Handel's Messiah with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

March 23, 2018 • 7:00 p.m.
Casper Wyoming Stake Center

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel's beloved oratorio Messiah in its entirety for the Easter season on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert presentation about Messiah will begin at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend a free broadcast sing-along of this concert at a church building for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 3931 West 45th Street in Casper. Those interested in attending may come sing along with the choir or enjoy listening to the performance. Participants are encouraged to post their experiences on social media with the hashtag #MessiahLive.

For participants who would like to sing along with the choir, there are a few resources available:

1) Public domain score. This score can be printed and used to learn a specific part to the oratorio and can be accessed HERE.

2) A video of others singing the "Hallelujah" chorus. To see the world's largest virtual "Hallelujah" chorus, you can view videos of the different voice parts HERE.

A program with the complete libretto will be provided at the event on March 23.

George Frederic Handel composed the music to Messiah in 1741 to the libretto by Charles Jennens, and the oratorio debuted in Dublin on April 13, 1742. Additional historical information about Handel and Messiah can be found HERE.

The concert will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You can read more of his comments about this version of the Messiah oratorio HERE.

Performing Wilberg's edition of Messiah, the choir and orchestra will be joined by four renowned soloists with extensive musical backgrounds. Making her debut performance with the Choir, Amanda Woodbury was the 2014 Grand Final Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, where she has performed six times. She is an alumna of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program. She earned second-place and audience choice awards in Plcido Domingo's prestigious Operalia competition.

A native of Sandy, Utah, Tamara Mumford is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Tamara has sung in over 150 Metropolitan Opera performances. Tamara appeared in the Choir's 2015 Christmas concerts and the subsequent PBS special and CD and DVD recordings, performing selections from Handel's Messiah, and was the mezzo-soprano soloist on the Choir's landmark Messiah recording released in 2016.

Making his debut with the Choir, Tyler Nelson is one of America's most promising young tenors. Tyler has performed with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, New Orleans Opera and Dayton Opera and has been a soloist on the stages of the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall. He appeared previously with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra at Temple Square in Mozart's Requiem.

Tyler Simpson has sung on opera and concert stages around the world, including six consecutive seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, where he debuted in Verdi's Don Carlo and performed in 18 productions. He appeared in the Choir's 2015 Christmas concerts and the subsequent PBS special and CD and DVD recordings, performing selections from Handel's Messiah.

This broadcast event is cosponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and by ARTCORE.

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