Handel's Messiah

Handel's Messiah

This musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel, first performed in the spring of 1742, has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works. To celebrate the Easter Season, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present Handel’s beloved oratorio Messiah. The concerts will be held on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle on Temple Square. This Messiah tradition continues to be a wonderful way to celebrate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ with people all over the world.

Messiah Soloists

We are pleased to welcome our talented 2018 soloists: Amanda Woodbury, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Tyler Nelson, tenor; and Tyler Simpson, bass-baritone. Learn more about the soloists here.

Watch Messiah in a Variety of Ways

We are excited to offer you these options to suit your time schedule and location:

  • Live Stream:

    Friday, March 23, beginning with a pre-concert feed at 7:00 p.m. MDT and the full concert at 7:30 p.m. MDT (pre-concert feed length: 30 minutes; concert duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes; total broadcast length: 3 hours).
  • On Demand:

    Friday, March 23, beginning at the end of live stream-approximately 11:00 p.m.-until Monday, April 9, 11:59 p.m. MDT.
  • Satellite Broadcast:

    Various dates in LDS Church buildings with planned events. Satellite coordinates are available here for other locations with satellite reception for use free of charge.
  • BYUtv (BYUtv.org):

    Sunday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. MDT; Easter Sunday, April 1, at 10:00 p.m. MDT.

Please check here for more viewing details.

Plan a Messiah Sing-Along with the Choir at Your Own Location!

We encourage everyone to plan their own Messiah Sing-Along using the concert live stream or on-demand viewing from our website through Monday, April 9.

During the last Messiah performances in 2016, more than 170,000 people in over 190 countries around the world joined via the digital stream in their homes with family and friends, or with larger groups in churches, schools, and community centers. Many others joined as their own Messiah events took place using the on-demand internet stream available from the Choir's website for a limited period following the live performance.

Experience Messiah with the Choir on Temple Square

Although all of the tickets for Temple Square locations have been distributed, there are still ways to enjoy Messiah. Pleaste note: all Temple Square locations will be in concert format only.

  • Come to the Messiah dress rehearsal

    On Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. the public is welcome to attend the Choir and Orchestra's dress rehearsal held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Admission is open to everyone eight years of age and older. No tickets are required.
  • Join the Messiah Standby Line on Temple Square

    We encourage patrons without tickets to join the standby line each evening which will form at the flagpole north of the Tabernacle. Many people in standby may be seated in one of the three Temple Square locations: Salt Lake Tabernacle where the performance will be live; the Joseph Smith Building Legacy Theatre with premium sound simulcast; and the Conference Center Theatre with closed-circuit simulcast. (Please note: Temple Square performances will be concert presentations only. See Messiah sing-along information for details about singalong locations.)

Handel's Messiah 2016 Recording

In March 2016, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square released a landmark recording of Handel's beloved oratorio in an edition by Mack Wilberg for large choir and orchestra which still retains the Baroque aesthetics and sound of Handel's original masterpiece. Relying on history and musical tradition, Wilberg created a Messiah for our own time-available in two versions: the Complete Oratorio with a behind-the-scenes DVD, and a 60-minute Highlights version.

Additional Messiah Resources