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How to Enjoy Messiah Even If You Didn’t Get Tickets!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present their 2018 Messiah concert in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square on Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, 2018. Although all the tickets for the concerts have been distributed, there are still many ways for you to enjoy Handel’s famous oratorio.

Here are some suggestions.

Public Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 21
Because of the high demand for tickets, the Messiah dress rehearsal in the Salt Lake Tabernacle will be open to the public on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. No tickets will be required. Because this rehearsal will be recorded, it is limited to those eight years of age and older.

Standby Seating
Those without tickets are invited to join the standby line formed each evening before the concerts (Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23) at the flagpole on Temple Square. Standby patrons may be seated in the Tabernacle (live performance), the Joseph Smith Building Legacy Theater (premium sound simulcast), or the Conference Center Theater (closed-circuit simulcast). Seating from this line is first come, first served.

Messiah Sing-Alongs
This is an opportunity to enjoy Messiah in your own home or to organize a group at other locations to view this event. Information and resources to help you plan a Messiah sing-along at a time convenient for you can be found here! Check out How to View Messiah on our website for specific details.

We invite people everywhere to join in celebrating the birth, life, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ—all you need is the internet! In 2016, over 170,000 people in 199 countries joined the Choir and Orchestra to celebrate the Easter season with Messiah.

Enjoy Messiah from Anywhere in the World!
Here are all the places you can view or listen to the Messiah performances.

Concert live stream on Friday, March 23
The concert live stream in English (with closed captioning available) will begin Friday, March 23, with a preconcert feed at 7:00 p.m. MDT and the full concert at 7:30 p.m. MDT on the following websites: (1), (2), (3), (4), and (5)

The concert live stream with French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish narration will begin Friday, March 23, with a pre-concert feed at 7:00 p.m. MDT and the full concert at 7:30 p.m. MDT from the Mormon Channel’s language-specific YouTube channels which can be found here. Check the website for additional Messiah resources in these languages.

Concert On-Demand until Monday, April 9
For 17 days after the concert, there will be an on-demand stream available at for Messiah sing-along events or for watching the concert again. The on-demand concert will be available on the internet from Friday, March 23, at the end of the live stream (approximately 11:00 p.m. MDT) until Monday, April 9, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

Concert Satellite Broadcast
The pre-concert feed and full live concert will be broadcast over the Church satellite system (in English only) to LDS buildings, where Church leaders have planned Messiah events beginning Friday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will also be rebroadcast at selected times on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, to permit additional broadcasts on Good Friday, March 30.

Note: The satellite feed can also be picked up by commercial movie theaters or other locations with satellite reception. Please click here for a full schedule and a link to test the satellite feed at non–LDS Church facilities.

BYU Television (BYUtv)
The concert will be broadcast on the BYUtv cable television channel on Sunday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. MDT and again on Sunday, April 1, at 10:00 p.m. MDT.