December 18, 2002 |
Frequently, Handel's Messiah is more about ritual than anything artistic. The Philadelphia Orchestra, at least this year, broke itself of that habit. The usual scenario goes like this: Singers make a good deal of their year's income by loading up their schedules with one Messiah after another. The performance is assembled in a few hours, and the hall sells out, often with once-in-a-while concertgoers who may not be consciously aware that the performance is about not missing notes rather than projecting what the music says.
December 14, 2002 |
Nobody is saying Handel's Messiah is broken, worn out or in need of an update. But tomorrow and Monday at the Kimmel Center, it's being put on a diet, in a performance using a fraction of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Singers Chorale - about 35 of each. I'm ready for it. But is the rest of this town? Philadelphia is the capital of Cadillac-size Messiahs. Eugene Ormandy's recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Wagnerian soprano Eileen Farrell sold so well, it was certified "gold" (selling 500,000 units)
November 23, 2002 |
Mary Schaefer and Timarie Legel scored goals less than two minutes apart in the second half yesterday to spark Penn State (20-4) to a 3-2 win over Old Dominion to gain a berth in the NCAA Division I field hockey championship game. Legel, a senior from Twin Valley High in Berks County, also had scored the Lions' first goal. Jammie Hicks scored the winning goal in overtime as Rowan defeated Salisbury University, 3-2, to advance to the NCAA Division III field hockey final in Springfield, Mass.
July 11, 2002 |
In a stunning display of triumphalism, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, is taking out ads in major newspapers proclaiming that Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha - even God - have told him he is now "the Savior, Messiah and King of Kings of all of humanity!" The ad, which appeared in yesterday's Inquirer, is part of a $720,000 effort to place the treatise in papers in all 50 states, a church official said. Forty-seven papers, including the Los Angeles Times and Houston Chronicle, have accepted thus far, he said.
April 24, 2002 |
Chris Boyles left Franklin Field yesterday with two good legs and an even better feeling about the future. He could not have asked for much more. Boyles, a senior from Messiah College, an NCAA Division III school just south of Harrisburg in Grantham, Pa., finished the first day of the decathlon at the Penn Relays in first place with 3,629 points. In second is Mount St. Mary's David Hinton, who has 3,572 points. The event concludes today with the 110-meter hurdles, discus and javelin throws, the pole vault, and the 1,500-meter run. In the heptathlon, Se'verine Tanic of Morgan State (3,050 points)
January 25, 2002 |
Worried about a lack of religious vocations among young people, the Lilly Endowment has taken the highly unusual step of awarding $93 million in grants to 48 colleges across the nation, hoping they can challenge students to weave Christian values into their everyday lives. The two-pronged effort is intended not only to increase formal vocations, but also to send a message that any career path can be a vocation and a vehicle for practicing one's faith. "Ministry currently ranks so low when students think about careers that it hardly registers," said Lilly spokeswoman Gretchan Wolfram.
December 13, 2001 |
Time for some good old-fashioned holiday music, songs about Bethlehem and verses about Saint Nick. Old-fashioned is the operating word, for this weekend's Saint Nick music comes from between 1200 and 1350, and the Bethlehem hymn comes from 1618 - making even Handel's 1741 "Messiah" newfangled. The "Legends of St. Nicholas" anthems will be sung by the mistresses of medieval chant and polyphony, the remarkably successful female vocal quartet known as Anonymous 4. Their many CDs draw choral music lovers as well as fans who revel in their rainwater-clear harmony.
November 23, 2001 |
No doubt many sing-along Messiah enthusiasts have the date circled on their calendars, but for those who don't, the First United Methodist Church in Moorestown will hold its 20th annual community sing of Handel's Messiah on Dec. 9. The sing-along will start at 5 p.m. at the church, 446 Camden Ave. Glenn Rodgers, director of music at the church, will lead the performance. Accompanying on the organ will be Dennis Elwell, organist and choirmaster at Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and a faculty member at Temple University.
April 25, 2001 |
The high-jump bar in the Penn Relays decathlon inched higher and higher yesterday thanks to Chris Boyles. He cleared 6 feet, 5 inches, then 6-6 1/4, then 6-7 1/4 as one rival after another dropped out. Boyles, from tiny Messiah College, an NCAA Division III school in Grantham, Pa., near Harrisburg, didn't stop on this warm and windy day until he had cleared 6-9 3/4, the fourth-highest mark ever reached in the Penn Relays decathlon. The 878-point bounty propelled Boyles into the first-day lead.
March 13, 2001 |
A second Messiah? Or just good music? This much is known for sure: George Frideric Handel's massive musical output just got a bit bigger with the discovery of his Gloria in excelsis Deo. The world was supposed to find out at a news conference Thursday in London. However, news of the work, which was written around 1707 during Handel's creatively rich apprenticeship in Italy, leaked out yesterday, both on the New York-based classical-music Web site andante.com and in the Times of London, which went so far as to call the piece "the new Messiah.