TWR's renewed collaboration with the Duke University Chapel is once again putting a world-class live performance of Handel's treasured Messiah in easy reach of anyone with an internet connection.
Two performances Dec. 1 and 2 will be audio livestreamed at twr360.org/messiah from the renowned neo-Gothic chapel in Durham, North Carolina. In addition, TWR will coordinate radio broadcasts of the concert in several countries.
Engaging commentary about Handel’s masterpiece, featuring television actor and interviewer David Hartman with Director of Duke Chapel Music Rodney Wynkoop, will be woven throughout the roughly 2¾ -hour presentation.
“The story of Handel’s Messiah is epic – it’s essentially the entire history of our salvation, told through timeless words from both the Old and the New Testaments,” Wynkoop said. “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.”
People in 25 countries listened to the live performances in 2014, the first time TWR and Duke Chapel teamed up to take Messiah to an international audience. In addition to the worldwide audio stream that year, it was broadcast to portions of Latin America and the Caribbean and over TWR’s satellite network in Africa.
The feedback was enthusiastic: “Spectacular!” … “Excellent from start to ending” … “It feels like angels singing” … “The whole experience was so WONDERFUL I actually had to listen TWICE because I missed things the first time I didn't want to miss the second time” … “With all the bad things happening in the world today, the ability to bring a message of hope through the youthful vocal energy applied to these ancient biblical texts is no small ministry!”
And one music lover who attended the first concert in person and then listened to the audio stream during the second wrote, “I didn't think that the online experience could top last night, but Dr. Wynkoop's commentary added so much insight on Handel's expression of the gospel through music that I enjoyed the online experience equally.”
Professional soloists and an orchestra will again join the chapel choir for this 85th year of Duke Chapel Messiah performances, which includes the famed “Hallelujah” chorus.
TWR president Lauren Libby said, "Messiah is a gift from the Lord. During the Christmas season, please join us for the celebration of the Messiah’s birth and life."
Two performances will be broadcast or livestreamed: the first at 7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 1, and the second at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 2. To find the livestream easily on the day of the concert, consider bookmarking twr360.org/messiah now.