Did You Know?
Handel’s Messiah has a beautiful tradition of charitable giving. The 1742 premiere of Messiah benefitted three charities: prisoners' debt relief, the Mercer's Hospital, and the Charitable Infirmary. The premiere raised around £130 (nearly $27,000 in today’s money!) for each of the three charities – £130 was enough to release 142 indebted prisoners!
Handel’s annual benefit concerts for London's Foundling Hospital – a home for abandoned and orphaned children — always included Messiah.
His total estate was assessed at 20,000 pounds, which made him a millionaire by modern standards. He left the largest portion of his fortune to charities and much of the remainder to friends, servants and his family in Germany.
Let’s continue this beautiful tradition of charity! We’ll be accepting donations on behalf of our St. Vincent du Paul Society during our Messiah Sing Along, Friday, June 16 at 7PM.
You’re invited to bring any items you may wish to donate. There is a particular need for cleaning and paper products (which cannot be purchased with food stamps) as well as gift cards. However, the SVDP will be happy to accept anything you wish to donate, including cash donations.
Remember, your contributions provide direct relief to the poor and suffering among us.
Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus
Friday, December 22 at 7PM
800 Ocean Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
No Admission Charge
Paul Bergin, Conductor
Shea Velloso, Organ
Laura Neville, Trumpet
Grace Gilday, Soprano
Dr. Jody Doktor, Mezzo
Thomas Colao, Tenor
Shawn Mack, Bass