Music: Misunderstood Messiah

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly Host praising God" and singing Handel's Messiah. Though cynics may snarl "But who may abide the day of His coming?" they will be a small, silent (or at least ignored) minority. As Christmas threatens from Tokyo to Toledo, Messiahs are busting out again all over the world. The work is being staged, illustrated with color slides, tinkled through by tiny orchestras, blasted over by huge ones, shouted by great singers and squeaked by small ones. In New York and San Francisco, people...

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