Handel's Messiah -- "Holiday Concert for Unity"
The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture is proud to announce its presentation of "A Holiday Concert for Unity," to be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 17 at 6:00 PM. The concert will feature the Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus. The program will consist of the "Christmas" section of Handel's great oratorio, Messiah, the "Wachet Auf" cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, and African-American Christmas Spirituals. The program of Handel, Bach, and African-American Spirituals will feature as soloists: Theresa Cincione, soprano; Patrice Eaton, alto; Ziwen Xiang, tenor; and Jay Baylon, bass. John Sigerson will conduct Messiah and the Wachet Auf, and Diane Sare, co-director of the Schiller Institute New York Community Chorus, will conduct the performance of the Spirituals.
Reserve your ticket on-line with a $10 contribution. Donations -- $10 is suggested -- may be made at the door for first-come-first-served seats.
Ironic it may be, but it is nonetheless true. Consider: the irony of the Christmas story itself is that the solution to the problems of the world does not lie with the wealthy, the powerful, or the Satanic. It lies with the apparently powerless who possess the truth, which, when discovered in nature, is the most powerful force known or knowable. The solution lies in appealing to "the better angels of our nature" to join the world in lifting all of mankind at once to a truly human platform of "peace to all men" through development of all mankind.
"Peace on earth, good will towards men" is a necessary refrain that needs to sound throughout the United States right now. When President Abraham Lincoln, at the end of a divisive and soul-shattering four years of bloody rebellion and war, proclaimed in his Second Inaugural Address: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds..." he might have been speaking about this very moment in our current history.
In a far more divided America than we today inhabit, Lincoln concluded his First Inaugural Address of 1861 with a musical idea of a new national harmony. "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
Join us for a performance of the great Messiah -- which has been continously performed since first presented in Dublin, Ireland in April, 1742. Below is a photo of the manuscript of Handel's Messiah written in Ludwig van Beethoven's hand. Beethoven's relation to Handel and the Messiah is described in the posting by the owner of the manuscript, the Karpeles Manuscript Library.