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That One Moment in Handel's Messiah

There’s a little-known story behind an aria in Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah. Meet 18th-century actress Susannah Cibber. Having her sing on stage was akin to Handel asking the Whore of Babylon to perform. You’ll never hear “He Was Despised” the same way again.

Mezzo-soprano Kristin Chavez, University of Utah Artist in Residence; Loren Carle, harpsichord; Eleanor Cox, cello, Idaho State University; Paula Cho, viola, Utah Valley University; Jakob Hofer, violin, Utah Valley University Jamie Jackson, violin, University of Utah student; Audrey Lund, violin, University of Utah student; Connor Madsen, violin, University of Utah student

Filmed at the University of Utah's Thompson Chamber Music Hall, with thanks to Hasse Borup, Jane Hatter, Barlow Bradford, Miguel Chuaqui, Claudia Horton, and Michael Cottle.

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Handel's Messiah

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Watch the full performance of "He Was Despised," filmed at the University of Utah's Thompson Chamber Music Hall. Mezzo-soprano Kristin Chavez, University of Utah; Loren Carle, harpsichord; Eleanor Cox, cello, Idaho State University; Paula Cho, viola, Utah Valley University; Jakob Hofer, violin, Utah Valley University; Jamie Jackson, violin, University of Utah student; Audrey Lund, violin, University of Utah student; Connor Madsen, violin, University of Utah student

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