By George Basler George Frideric Handel wasn’t thinking about Christmas -- white, or otherwise -- when he wrote Messiah 274 years ago. He began work on the oratorio in late August and saw it performed for the first time in Dublin for Easter in April 1742. So the old boy might be surprised to come back and see how it’s become a staple during the Christmas season for choruses and orchestras across the United States and Great Britain. In Broome County, Messiah has been a tradition since 1983 thanks to...
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