• Messiah - About

    This classic work by George Frideric Handel traces the completed work of Jesus Christ, from the foretelling of His coming through His birth, life, death and resurrection. The entire work is Scripture, set vividly to music and sung by students who believe what they sing.

    This year's performance is our 65th annual presentation. Join us for this historic performance! Tickets go on sale in October.

    When and Where

    Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.

    Moody Bible Institute
    Torrey-Gray Auditorium
    840 N. LaSalle Blvd.
    Chicago, IL

    Ticket Info 

    Oct. 3 - Nov. 10, 2016

    Seating is assigned.



    Limited free parking is available at the Moody Parking Garage (208 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). Complimentary parking is very limited; please arrive 45 minutes early. If the garage is full, you will be directed to paid lots. The parking garage is open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For additional directions, see moodyglobal.org/directions

    Messiah - Performers

    2016 Performers

    Messiah - Xiangtang Hong


    Xiangtang Hong is professor of music and director of the Moody Chorale. Born in Singapore, Xiangtang felt a passion for choral music when she heard a church choir sing during her early childhood years in America. She later earned a master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College with support from the Singapore National Arts Council, followed by a DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2011 Xiangtang received Moody’s Patricia Finch Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching. She enjoys sharing her love of music as a choral clinician and guest conductor, but her greatest joy is mentoring her students.

    Wendy Benner


    Wendy Harton Benner enjoys a richly varied artistic life as an orchestral, chamber and solo violinist throughout Chicagoland and beyond. Her solo appearances include performances with the Bach Sinfonia, Baroque Band, the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra (Chicago), Columbia Orchestra (Maryland) and Glenelg Chamber Orchestra. 

    For eight years, Ms. Benner served as concertmaster of the Bach Sinfonia, leading the ensemble's transition from modern to period instruments in live performances and recordings on the Dorian label. In Canada, Ms. Benner performed as a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, including a 2008 Grammy-Award winning collaboration. 

    Recently, she has served as guest concertmaster of the Elmhurst Symphony, Baroque Band, the Rockefeller Chapel Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium (Indiana) and the Canterbury Concerts (Dixon, Ill.). Highlights of her artistic life in Chicago include performing with Haymarket Opera Company, the Apollo Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater. 

    She served as violin instructor and director of chamber music at Georgetown University and was Baroque strings coach at the University of Delaware. Ms. Benner holds a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Maryland. She lives in Chicago with her husband and four young children.

    Messiah - Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra


    The Oratorio Chorus is composed of undergraduate students and employees from Moody Bible Institute. The orchestra consists of student instrumentalists and professional musicians from the Chicagoland area.

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    Messiah - History


    George Frideric Handel’s massive oratorio, Messiah, was written in collaboration with Charles Jennens, who offered the Scripture texts to be woven into the choruses and solos which comprise the work. An oratorio is a combination of those components – choruses and solos – a rendition of dramatic music and text, but presented in concert form, without costumes or staging.

    Messiah has three distinct parts: prophecy, passion and resurrection. The solos and choruses of each section reflect the emotions identified by listeners: anticipation and comfort, grief and pain, and hope and victory.

    Written in a few weeks’ time, the oratorio Messiah had its first performance in April 1742 in Dublin. It is fair to say that portions of this music have been performed in nearly all parts of the world. While Scripture bears truth whether in musical form or otherwise, the actual music has been a source of academic rigor and fulfillment for centuries of musicians.

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    Messiah - Recordings

    Recording: Excerpts from Messiah

    This commemorative CD set captures the best live performances from our 65 years singing Handel’s Messiah. We believe what we are singing, and worship through it. It is our prayer that you would worship with us.

    Selections on this CD are conducted by:

    • Gerald H. Edmonds (MMus, American Conservatory of Music); former conductor of Moody Concert Band and the Moody Chorale; professor of music, 1969–2010.
    • H. E. Singley, III (DMA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary); conductor of Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir, professor of music, 1996–present.
    • Xiangtang Hong (DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); conductor of Moody Chorale, associate professor of music, 2006–present.

    Messiah - Excerpts CD

    2014 Photos

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