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April 11, 2019

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GEORGE FREDERICK HANDEL Born Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, now Germany, 23 February 1685; died 14 April 1759, London. *Messiah: “Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates”* The oratorio Messiah was composed between 22 August and 14 September 1741, and premiered in Dublin, at the Great Music Hall, led by the composer, 13 April 1742. Handel revised the score numerous times to accommodate available singers and instruments. Tonight’s performance of “Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates” includes 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, organ, strings and chorus. Duration: 3 minutes.

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