COLUMBIA — In London’s Covent Garden on the evening of March 23, 1743, “Messiah,” a piece destined to become an annual favorite, opened for a dubious crowd. Anthony Hicks, in an article for the “New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,” tells us that this was the first time biblical text had been sung in a theater, and the reaction was mixed.
'Messiah' to be performed at MU
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