The music and theology of Handel’s “Messiah” will be explored in a lecture Sunday, April 19, at Tusculum College.
Dr. David Hendricksen, adjunct professor of music and a former Theologian-in-Residence at Tusculum College, will present the lecture, “The Music and Theology of Handel’s ‘Messiah’” at 2 p.m. in Room 46 on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. (The classroom is reached using the side entrance to the building - the parking lot side.)
Handel’s great oratorio, “Messiah,” ranks along with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9″and Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” as one of the greatest musical masterworks of all time and is certainly the most frequently performed of all choral/orchestral repertoires. In this lecture, Hendricksen will examine the theological intentions of Handel and his textual partner, Charles Jennens, and the way in which the composer’s dramatic musical skills carry out those intentions.
This lecture is a special offering of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia program. Admission is $6 per person.
Selected choruses from the “Messiah” will be part of the spring concert by the Tusculum College Community Chorus on Monday, May 4. During the first part of the performance, the chorus will be joined by Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in presenting selections from parts II and III of the “Messiah.” The concert, which will be in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd building, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free to the concert.
For more information about the lecture or the concert, please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acts, Arts, Academia is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and is supported by Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Mary Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Society of Cicero, and Arts Outreach.