December 15, 2002 in Christmas

Do-It-Yourself Messiah

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Just got back from the 27th annual LaSalle Bank Do-It-Yourself Messiah at Civic Opera House Chicago. Composed in 1741 by George Frederic Handel, The Messiah is a large scale piece for orchestra, chorus and soloists. Originally intended as an Easter oratorio, it has become more popularly associated with the Christmas holiday season.
I’ve been told that I have a great voice and would do well as a phone-sex operator — but I have a terrible singing voice. Nonetheless, it was good to take part in this holiday tradition with 3 other good friends. It definitely helped me get more into the Christmas spirit. My favorite part of this 2-hour sing along was the Halleluiah section. What a beautiful piece of music!!!!
After the Messiah ended, we went for complimentary drinks/food at The Tower Club. 37 floors up, we were treated to a spectacular view of the city.


  1. December 20, 2002 at 6:33 pm


    I was at the DIY Messiah too, and saw Sen. Simon afterwards, so perhaps we passed each other on the stairs. I’m from San Diego, but I flew in just for it, and my mom came from St. Louis and met me. We sat in the somewhat weak tenor section on the first balcony, and contributed very little I’m sorry to say. I found your post while looking around to see if anyone made a recording. Took a few pictures, see the url. Afterwards, went back to the Palmer House for happy hour. Not familiar with the Tower Club.

  2. December 15, 2002 at 11:20 pm

    Leigh Hanlon

    On the subject of voices, there are several popular actors who would have made great radio stars because of their voices. Several that come to mind immediately are Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Sally Kellerman and Avery Brooks.

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