The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square will perform Handel’s Messiah on March 25, joined by soloists from the New York Metropolitan Opera.
And Tri-Citians won’t have to travel to Salt Lake City to check out the performance.
A livestream is planned so people around the world can enjoy and even lift their voices themselves.
“The choir directors did a lot of research, and they say (this arrangement) is as close to the original Handel version as they can make it,” said Richard Meyer, president of the Kennewick Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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To check out the stream, go to www.tinyurl.com/messiahlivestream.
A pre-concert feed begins at 6 p.m., with the music starting at 6:30 p.m.
People are invited watch and/or sing along on their own or in groups.
In the greater Tri-City region, four community viewing locations will be set up March 25, which is Good Friday:
▪ the LDS church’s Kennewick Stake Center, 895 Gage Blvd., Richland;
▪ the Prosser Ward Building, 1855 Highlands Drive;
▪ the Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N. Sixth Ave., Walla Walla;
▪ and the Hermiston Stake Center, 1035 S.E. Ninth St..
People who participate in the livestream are invited to use the hashtag #MessiahLive on social media.
An on-demand video of the concert will be available online until April 4 for those who must miss the live event.
People from around the world also uploaded videos of themselves singing along to Messiah, and a video of the results — dubbed the world’s largest virtual Hallelujah choir — is available at FollowHim.mormon.org.
The composer George Frideric Handel wrote his masterpiece Messiah in 1741. During the March 25 performance, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square will be joined by Erin Morley, Sasha Cooke, Paul Appleby and Joseph Barron of the New York Metropolitan Opera.