• Messiah - About

    If you missed our 64th annual performance of Excerpts from Handel's Messiah, you can still listen to the live recording on Moody Radio Chicago 90.1 FM on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 3 p.m.

    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.

    Next year's performance will be our 65th annual presentation. We hope that you'll join us again for this historic performance, and that if you missed us this year you'll make it out next time for Moody Bible Institute's performance of Handel's Messiah.

    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.


    Purchase Tickets


    Plan to use our complimentary parking at the Moody campus. The parking garage is open 1:00-7:00 p.m. Space is limited; please arrive early. If the garage is full you may be directed to other lots. The Moody Parking Garage (208 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610) is located near the intersection of Chicago Ave. and Wells St. When arriving from I-90/94, exit at Ohio St. (exit 50B) and immediately enter the left lane. Turn left (north) on Orleans St., continue to Chicago Ave. and turn right. Continue on Chicago Ave. to Wells St. and turn left. Continue one block, turn left on Institute Place, then enter the parking garage at right. For additional directions, see moodyglobal.org/directions

    Messiah - Performers

    2015 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


    We regret to inform you that our 50th anniversary recording of Handel’s Messiah has sold out. In celebration of our 65th, we will be re-issuing this recording with bonus selections in November 2015. Selections are to be determined. However, you can still purchase this original recording digitally, or purchase other recordings by our music students and ensembles at our online store.



    Messiah - Excerpts CD

    2014 Photos

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