The Messiah + Giveaway

NYC is now entering the happiest time of the calendar year… and I proudly add its most beautiful. The Big Apple expands into a dazzling cornucopia of sight and sound.

Thanksgiving – the parade, Christmas – the tree, Hanukkah – the lights, Kwanza – the harvest, New Year’s Eve – Times Square. Indelible visuals, timeless images, delicious memories.  Joyful holidays lie ahead … rejoice and welcome yule! 

Yet for me, it is the inanimate, the intangible and ultimately the untouchable that ironically touches me and defines this rapidly approaching season — not in the physical sense but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.  It is the music of this time that evokes my senses.  I for one cannot get enough of it, whether secular or sacred…doesn’t matter. I celebrate every mnemonic thump in “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” as well as honor the subtleties of the harp solo in Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols.”  This is that rare time of year where every genre of music is represented…in our churches and our famous NYC concert venues, on the street, around a console piano at home, in your classroom, on TV and the radio-some  stations are doing 24 hours of Christmas music from Thanksgiving onward  –  it’s in the air, you can’t help but breathe it in.

So with the holidays around the corner, it is wholeheartedly appropriate that a great musical cornerstone lies in wait on Sunday, November 29th, 2pm, at Carnegie Hall for a lucky UYC reader.  And that is a performance of that grandiose feast of divine music titled “The Messiah” by George Frederic Handel.

This music thrills you to the bone, there is something for everyone here  – vocal solos, quartets, full chorus selections, duets, full orchestra as well as orchestral solos – it is so rapturous and soaring, it makes you believe in angels for those of you who ever doubted.   


But the fun in this upcoming performance by the “Distinguished Concert Orchestra International” alongside the “Distinguished Concert Singers International” lies in the relatively “new” manner of presentation of “The Messiah.”  This is not the meticulous Baroque “of its time” presentation of the English Handel, but a romantic, passionate interpretation of the European Handel. The orchestrations have been expanded to reach a lush, sumptuous tonality that Handel could never have envisioned in his day.

“And his name shall be called “Wonderful!” “Counselor!” “The Prince of Peace!”  Ah, so splendid….take in this concert, such a great start to this glorious season,  and leave rejuvenated and ready for the road ahead.  I’ll surely be there silently singing along with the chorus, look and listen for me in the alto line!



Want those free tickets?  Here’s how to enter:

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The contest will run until Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, at which time a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this post and via Twitter, and the winner will be notified directly by the email address that they subscribed with!  Best of luck to all our readers!

By: Joanne Theodorou 


  • Gabrielle says:

    I can imagine this would be fantastic – I’ve heard from a friend that New York explodes with festive shows/performances come December! :)

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