Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

Kojo explores the history behind George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," and finds out what makes it one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

From Philadelphia flash mobs to standing-room-only sing-alongs, George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" -- and its booming "Hallelujah" chorus -- has become a popular staple of western sacred music. But Handel's masterpiece, which was written for Lent 271 years ago this spring, has also been one of the most re-worked pieces of the baroque period, including by the quill of Mozart himself. Join Kojo for a little "Messiah 101," and find out what makes "Messiah" one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

Guests

Frederick Binkholder

Artistic Director of the Capitol Hill Chorale; Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University, Music Minister at St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

Anthony DelDonna

Director of Music in the Department of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Musicology, Georgetown University

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Capitol Hill Chorale with Frederick Binkholder

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