When Handel's "Messiah" first premiered in April of 1742, there was so much buzz that additional handbills were printed asking ladies to please wear dresses “without hoops” in order to make “room for more company.” Such was the anticipation even then for this glorious and beloved holiday masterwork. The management's pleas were heeded and ladies did indeed leave their hoop skirts at home. As a result, that initial performance saw a capacity crowd of over 700. All reports say that the audience sat mesmerized from the opening aria.
Since then, many reasons have been put forth for the work's enduring popularity. Whether it's the timeless retelling of the Christmas story, the familiar choruses, or just the excitement of the "Hallelujah", there's something for everyone in this family-friendly musical event. Those new to the masterwork are encouraged to come and decide for themselves why it is popular.
This December, Anna's Bay will repeat this December based on the success of last year's wonderfully successful performances. Once again, singers ages 14-84 will collaborate to present three performances of “Messiah” with full orchestra and soloists at the Shelton Performing Arts Center, 3737 Shelton Springs Road, Shelton, Washington.
The performance dates are Friday, December 9 at 7PM; Saturday, December 10 at 7PM; and Sunday, December 11 at 4PM. Admission is $12 at the door, or $10 in advance.