The International Music Foundation presents:
A Chicago holiday tradition since 1976, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah brings together a world-class conductor and soloists, an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians and thousands of chorus/audience in a thrilling performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
ABOUT DO-IT-YOURSELF MESSIAH
The libretto of Messiah was given to George Frideric Handel by a patron, Charles Jennens, but the biblical passages were probably chosen by Jennens’ private chaplain, a Rev. Pooley. Jennens wanted it presented during Passion Week, although today it is most frequently performed during Advent. Handel composed the oratorio in just 25 days, between August 22 and September 14, 1741, a remarkable achievement.
According to contemporary reports, Handel’s popularity in London at the time was dimming. He accepted an invitation from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to present a season of oratorio performances in Dublin, which began in December 1741. Handel decided to first test his Messiah in public at the New Musick Hall on April 13, 1742, seven months after completion. It was immediately acclaimed, and the next year Messiah was performed in London at Covent Garden.
The music of Handel comes to life in Chicago every Christmas with his magnificent Messiah performed by an audience of thousands, featuring world-class soloists and a full orchestra of local amateur and professional musicians, all volunteering their time and talent.
This season marks the 43rd year of The Do-It-Yourself Messiah. This Chicago tradition began when the late Al Booth, founder of the International Music Foundation, brought to America the musical heritage of the parishioners of a small country church in southern England. You – the chorus, the conductor, the soloists, and the orchestra – will fill this hall with glorious sounds first heard in the New Musick Hall on Fishamble Street, Dublin, in 1742.
DO-IT-YOURSELF MESSIAH FAQ’s
What is Handel’s Messiah?
What is the Do-It-Yourself Messiah?
When and where is the Do-It-Yourself Messiah this year?
How do I get to the Harris Theater?
What makes the Do-It-Yourself Messiah different from other productions of Messiah?
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Is there a charge for tickets to the Do-It-Yourself Messiah?
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Are there qualifications to participate in the Do-It-Yourself Messiah?
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He Trusted in God
Let All the Angels of God
The Lord Gave the Word
Their Sound is Gone Out
Let Us Break their Bonds Asunder
But Thanks Be to God
Is the Do-It-Yourself Messiah a lot of fun?
2018 DO-IT-YOURSELF MESSIAH TICKETS
The 2018 Do-It-Yourself Messiah takes place on December 17th and 18th at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance located at 205 E. Randolph Drive (Randolph, just East of Michigan Avenue). The Harris Theater is an intimate 1,500 seat venue with excellent sightlines and acoustics throughout the house.
Tickets cost $15 and may be purchased starting at Noon on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
To buy tickets:
- On-line, go to www.harristheaterchicago.org at or after noon on November 15 (theater handling fee will apply)
- By phone, call the Harris Theater Box Office at 312-334-7777 at or after noon on November 15 (theater handling fee will apply)
- In person, from the Harris Theater Box Office at 205 E. Randolph from noon on November 15 (no handling fee)
Because of the length and nature of the event, it is not suitable for children under the age of 6.
Any patron, irrespective of age, must have a ticket to enter the Harris Theater.
Seating is general admission by vocal range. Doors to the house open at 6:15 p.m.
Please bring a copy of the Messiah score so you can participate. Scores will also be available for purchase in the lobby at the Harris Theater and cost $10.00.
GET READY FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF MESSIAH
The International Music Foundation, in cooperation with the Yamaha Corporation and Hal Leonard, Inc., has made it easy for you to enjoy the sing-along experience to the maximum.
There are 17 choruses in the Messiah- and they are all glorious! And to make the most of them, we’ve produced a series of Choral Tutors to help you learn your part- soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.
The Choral Tutors are available in compact disc format. Each recording highlights your part. All you have to do is listen to your part while following along in the score, then sing-along to get familiar with ALL parts of the Messiah (G. Schirmer edition).
ORDERING YOUR CHORAL TUTOR CD AND SCORE
The Choral Tutors CD and score are available from:
- Performers Music in downtown Chicago (312-987-1196)
- Music Dispatch / Hal Leonard Corp (800-637-2852)
Handel’s Do-It-Yourself Messiah Choral Tutor lets singers create family or community productions of Handel’s holiday classic.
Parts for 17 Messiah choruses have been digitally recorded (accompanied by the Yamaha Clavinova), and follow the G. Schirmer edition of Handel’s masterpiece.
Each voicing (soprano, alto, tenor, bass–SABT) has its own audio.
Voicings are sold separately, or in specially priced groups of four (one of each voicing).
Performers Music and Music Dispatch have these CDs (not to mention the Messiah score) available at the following suggested retail prices:
- #00505051 Soprano CD $18
- #00505053 Alto CD $18
- #00505055 Tenor CD $18
- #00505057 Bass CD $18
G.Schirmer Complete Vocal Score – Handel’s Messiah:
- #50323760 Complete Vocal Score $8.99
Quantity Discounts Available