Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most widely played pieces during the Christmas season and is certainly the most popular oratorio. It’s also, however, the subject of a wide variety of myths, misconceptions, and questions ranging from things as simple as its title, to why we stand during the famous “Hallelujah” chorus.

And who better to help us delve into Handel’s most-famous work than South Dakota Symphony Orchestra music director, Delta David Gier and bass soloist, Brandon Hendrickson.

They joined us to give us a preview of this weekend’s concert and explain why “Messiah” is so popular at Christmas time.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra joins Ashley Thompon on the KELOLAND Living set
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra joins Ashley Thompon on the KELOLAND Living set

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