When this masterpiece first debuted on April 13, 1742, in Dublin, Ireland, it was performed as a fundraiser for Irish charities serving those in need. Because of notices pleading men to leave their swords at home and asking women to attend “without Hoops” which held their skirts out, more gentlemen and gentle ladies were able to buy tickets which did “greatly increase the Charity.” In fact, the money raised freed countless poor people from languishing in debtors’ prisons and raised money for a hospital which treated the poor for free. Years later, performances of “Messiah” were used as fundraisers for the Foundling Home in London, England, where any unwed or poor woman could relinquish her child to the home’s gentle care.
Taking their cue from Dublin and London, all proceeds from this Sedona performance (beyond production costs) will be donated to Verde Valley charities which serve those in need.
By the way, you won’t be alone when you sing. You, Arizona’s Master Chorales, community choruses, and church choirs and the rest of the audience will sing the choruses under the baton of renowned conductor, Russel Fox. You will be accompanied by a baroque orchestra and organ we keep here in Sedona for just such an occasion. Soloists from ASU, NAU, and University of Arizona will take the leads.
Rehearsal is at 5 P.M. Performance is at 7 P.M. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Bring your own music or borrow a copy as you enter the hall.
Not feeling up to singing tonight? That’s fine! Come along and listen to one of Western culture’s grandest musical monuments and beloved masterpieces.
(Admission for singers is free but a free-will donation will be joyfully accepted. Listeners: $20.)
At Sky Ranch Lodge, we welcome you to this fantastic musical experience of the “Messiah Sing-Along” and would love to be your hosts. Call us at (928) 282-6400 or book your room by clicking here.
Let’s all sing at the “Messiah Sing-Along” on April 8!