WORSHIP THE KING OF KINGS WITH US


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.

Join us for this year’s historic performance! Tickets go on sale in October.

This year at Handel's Messiah, for the first time, we are pleased to offer a pre-concert lecture with Dr. Chester Alwes, professor and author of Handel’s Messiah: the Complete Solo Variants. Registration is free but limited, and available with the main event ticket purchase.

When and Where

EVENT DATE: 
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. 
Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. in Alumni Student Center

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

Ticket Info

SALES DATES: 
Sep. 25–Nov. 2, 2017

To order tickets, call (312) 329-2399 or purchase online. Seating is assigned.

Parking

Limited free parking is available at the Moody parking garage (208 W. Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). The parking garage is open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please arrive 45 minutes early. If the garage is full, you will be directed to paid lots.

For more information and pay-ahead parking options, see moodyglobal.org/parking.

ARTISTS

Dr. Xiangtang Hong

Conductor

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.

Dr. Wendy Benner

Concertmaster

Wendy Harton Benner serves as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist all around the country. She led the Bach Sinfonia for eight years as concertmaster, as the ensemble transitioned to period instruments in live performances and recordings on the Dorian label. Her solo appearances include performances with the Bach Sinfonia, Baroque Band, the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Orchestra, and Glenelg Chamber Orchestra. She’s also performed with the Haymarket Opera Company, the Apollo Orchestra, and the Chicago Opera Theater.

Recently her services as a guest concertmaster have taken her throughout the United States. Previously, she instructed violin and directed chamber music at Georgetown University, and served as a baroque strings coach at the University of Delaware. Benner holds a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Chester Alwes

Preconcert Lecturer

Dr. Chester Alwes founded and conducted the Musica Sacra Ensemble of Louisville, taught at the Eastman School of Music, and received the Julius Herford Outstanding Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association. In 2011 he retired from the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Music after 29 years of teaching.

Alwes holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra


The Oratorio Chorus is composed of undergraduate students and employees from Moody Bible Institute. The orchestra consists of on-campus instrumentalists and professional musicians from the Chicagoland area. A different Moody voice faculty soloist will be featured every year.

Jori Jennings

Professor of Music

Jori Jennings has been teaching music at Moody Bible Institute since 2005. She authored “Abuse It and Lose It,” in The Moody Handbook of Preaching. She enjoys vocal pedagogy and technology in the voice studio. Jori holds an MM from New Mexico State University, and a DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dominic German

Alumni Soloist

Dominic German, a baritone, sings with several Chicago choral ensembles including Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Constellation Men's Ensemble. He is a singer, choir director and voice teacher in Chicago Dominic, and also the Chancel Choir Director at North Park Covenant Church. Previously he served as the bass section leader and soloist at Trinity United Methodist in Wilmette. His operatic credits include the title role in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso and Il Re in Respighi's La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco. Most recently, he appeared as Achilla in the Oak Park Handel Week Festival's concert production of Giulio Cesare.

Dominic graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2013 with a BMus and later received his MA in music from North Park University.

Dr. Xiangtang Hong

Conductor

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.

Dr. Wendy Benner

Concertmaster

Wendy Harton Benner serves as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist all around the country. She led the Bach Sinfonia for eight years as concertmaster, as the ensemble transitioned to period instruments in live performances and recordings on the Dorian label. Her solo appearances include performances with the Bach Sinfonia, Baroque Band, the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Orchestra, and Glenelg Chamber Orchestra. She’s also performed with the Haymarket Opera Company, the Apollo Orchestra, and the Chicago Opera Theater.

Recently her services as a guest concertmaster have taken her throughout the United States. Previously, she instructed violin and directed chamber music at Georgetown University, and served as a baroque strings coach at the University of Delaware. Benner holds a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Chester Alwes

Preconcert Lecturer

Dr. Chester Alwes founded and conducted the Musica Sacra Ensemble of Louisville, taught at the Eastman School of Music, and received the Julius Herford Outstanding Dissertation Prize from the American Choral Directors Association. In 2011 he retired from the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Music after 29 years of teaching.

Alwes holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra


The Oratorio Chorus is composed of undergraduate students and employees from Moody Bible Institute. The orchestra consists of on-campus instrumentalists and professional musicians from the Chicagoland area. A different Moody voice faculty soloist will be featured every year.

Jori Jennings

Professor of Music

Jori Jennings has been teaching music at Moody Bible Institute since 2005. She authored “Abuse It and Lose It,” in The Moody Handbook of Preaching. She enjoys vocal pedagogy and technology in the voice studio. Jori holds an MM from New Mexico State University, and a DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dominic German

Alumni Soloist

Dominic German, a baritone, sings with several Chicago choral ensembles including Bella Voce, Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Constellation Men's Ensemble. He is a singer, choir director and voice teacher in Chicago Dominic, and also the Chancel Choir Director at North Park Covenant Church. Previously he served as the bass section leader and soloist at Trinity United Methodist in Wilmette. His operatic credits include the title role in Pasatieri's Signor Deluso and Il Re in Respighi's La Bella Dormente Nel Bosco. Most recently, he appeared as Achilla in the Oak Park Handel Week Festival's concert production of Giulio Cesare.

Dominic graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2013 with a BMus and later received his MA in music from North Park University.

HISTORY OF HANDEL'S MESSIAH

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, was written in collaboration with Charles Jennens, who offered the Scripture texts to be woven into the choruses and solos that comprise the work. An oratorio is a combination of 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 just a few weeks, Messiah had its first performance in April 1742 in Dublin. Portions of the 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.

BRING THE MESSIAH HOME

This commemorative CD set captures the best live performances from our 65 years singing Handel’s Messiah. Featuring various soloists, chorus and orchestra, it’s the perfect way to usher in the Christmas season—and celebrate Christ all year round! 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, former conductor of Moody Concert Band and the Moody Chorale; professor of music, 1969–2010 (MMus, American Conservatory of Music).
  • H. E. Singley III, conductor of the Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir; professor of music, 1996–present (DMA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).
  • Xiangtang Hong, conductor of the Moody Chorale; associate professor of music, 2006–present (DMA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

 

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