Holiday Music from Michael Medley

Michael Medley performed his holiday arrangements on Lunchtime Classics. Here’s an excerpt, in case you missed it (or need a second helping).

Ten Facts about Handel’s Messiah

Along with The Nutcracker, it’s the most performed classical composition during the Holidays. Here are ten facts about G.F. Handel’s oratorio Messiah (not The Messiah).

1. The music was composed in about 24 days, though Handel recycled other works for Messiah.

2. 259: The number of pages in the final manuscript (not without errors and signs of haste).

3. We often hear huge choirs perform Messiah, but at the premiere there were a whopping 32.

4. The premiere was a benefit concert for several charities, including a prison for debtors and a children’s hospital. In fact, 142 prisoners were released because of the donations raised at the premiere.

5. Messiah should really be performed during Lent. It’s premiere took place on April 13, 1742.

6. Mozart first heard Messiah in 1777 in Mannheim. Excerpts were performed in the US in 1770.

7. Handel’s original orchestration only called for strings and continuo, and very little trumpet and timpani.

8. In 1865, Boston held a performance that included over 600 in the chorus.

9. Sir Henry Wood used 3500 singers in the first recording of Messiah in 1926 for Columbia.

10. Sir Thomas Beecham recorded the first complete performance in 1928.

Here our broadcast of Messiah, in its entirety, from Trinity Church, December 24th at 1pm.

Arts Break with Erin Keane

This weekend’s suggestions from Erin Keane includes a tip of the hat to Dickens with “King’s of Christmas” at The Bard’s Town, the next InKY reading series, also at The Bard’s Town, and one of the most affordable art shows in town – perfect for that last minute shopper.

Artsbreak with Erin Keane


Every Thursday at 3:30pm, Erin Keane will give us her picks for the weekend shows, concerts and other arts events around Louisville. This first episode is heavy on the holiday shows. if you go to the shows, let us know what you think!

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A Christmas Carol, Actors Theatre of Louisville, opens Thursday, runs through Dec. 23

The Nutcracker, Louisville Ballet, through Dec. 23, WHITNEY HALL

Chanukah Chappens, The Bard’s Town, SATURDAY, two performances (7 and 8:30 p.m.)

“Velma and Louise’s Holiday Balls”


Louisville Chorus

Lou Chorus - Bethlehem

The Louisville Chorus is very busy this holiday season with 3 performances in December. Music Director Daniel Spurlock talks to Classical 90.5’s Alan Brandt about the December 8th “Christmas Wonderland” concert in New Albany and the Christmas with Brass and Voices concerts December 9th and 15th in LaGrange and Louisville.

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