Tabor to broadcast the ’Messiah’

Special to the Sentinel

HILLSBORO — Tabor College is offering a re-broadcast of the 2019 performance of Handel’s “Messiah” for all to enjoy online at 3 p.m. , Dec. 6.

Because of the spread of COVID-19 among larger gatherings with people singing, the college is taking a year off given the number of singers and intensity of effort it takes to orchestrate a live performance of this magnitude.

This, however, does not dampen the love for this classic among the Tabor community as many will plan to watch from their homes.

“The joy of performing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is often a result of a beautiful mixture of the sense of gathering around the piano with family and friends along with an overwhelming sense of majesty because of the profound and deep nature of Handel’s most famous oratorio,” said Greg Zielke, arts director and professor of music. “For me, it is this combination of intimacy and divine otherness that brings me back again and again to this powerful score.”

The earliest performances of Handel’s “Messiah” by Tabor College can be traced back to Herbert C. Richert, a beloved music professor and namesake for the Richert Auditorium on campus.

Tabor plans for a live orchestra and choir for the “Messiah” again next year. Until then, the college will keep the tradition alive with this look back of the 2019 performance. To access the performance, go to