Logan’s American Festival Chorus performs the Messiah on its anniversary
Danielle Manley recently interviewed me about the American Festival Chorus performance of Handel’s Messiah. Here is her article. The Local Beat is a blog that features local talent from Cache Valley, UT. It’s great to have Danielle helping the community become more familiar with the American Festival Chorus. Give it a read!
By: Danielle Manley
The Messiah was performed for the first time in 1742 in Dublin, Ireland.
Ben Burt performed a bass solo with the American Festival Chorus to commemorate the Messiah’s 270th anniversary on April 21, 2012.
The American Festival Chorus in Logan sang George Frideric Handel’s composition on Saturday in the Kent Concert Hall.
Many comments were received questioning the timing of the performance because it’s usually done during Christmas. For more than a decade, the Messiah was traditionally sang during Easter, Burt said.
There are three sections of the Messiah. The first section, usually performed during Christmas, is about the birth of Jesus Christ. The second section is about the resurrection and the third section is about the redemption of the people.
The AFC sang bits from the whole composition, but didn’t perform the whole piece. It lasts about three hours in its entirety, Burt said.
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