DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University Chapel will present its annual “Messiah” concerts Dec. 1–3, with the first two performances streamed live online.
An orchestra and professional soloists will join the Duke Chapel Choir for performances of George Frideric Handel’s masterwork at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.
Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office at tickets.duke.edu or (919) 684-4444.
Through a partnership with Trans World Radio (TWR), the concerts on Dec. 1 and 2 will be streamed live online and radio broadcast in some countries outside of the United States. Listen to the audio live stream at twr360.org/messiah.
“The story of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is epic – a story of salvation, told through timeless words from both the Old and the New Testaments,” said Rodney Wynkoop, director of Duke Chapel Music. “Tens of thousands of people have heard ‘Messiah’ performances at Duke Chapel in the 80 or so years since the chapel was built, and with this new partnership with TWR the audience has expanded into the international realm.”
David Hartman, the original host of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” will present the broadcast to listeners. His presentation will include an interview with Wynkoop about the interplay between the music and storyline of “Messiah.”
TWR is a Christian media organization that broadcasts biblically based programs in more than 230 languages and dialects to people in 190 countries. The group broadcast chapel “Messiah” performances in 2014, receiving praise from listeners in the United States, Malawi, South Africa and elsewhere.
"‘Messiah’ is a gift from the Lord,” said Lauren Libby, international president of TWR. “During the Christmas season, please join us for the celebration of the Messiah’s birth.”
For 85 years, “Messiah” has been the cornerstone of Duke Chapel’s concert life and one of the centerpieces of Duke’s holiday season. Performed annually during the season of Advent, Handel’s work traces the biblical story of Jesus through prophecy, his life, death and resurrection.