World Premiere – “Messiah in America”

This blog will obviously have a hard time being objective about the works produced by OCMCO.  The quality of the orchestra, the choirs and foremost the directors continues to be outstanding and the most common comment heard from those that experience an OCMCO performance for the first time is “I had no idea…”.  As we approach the world premiere of “Messiah in America” it’s helpful to put in context what “world premiere” means.  In our general pop culture world premieres are often diluted by prescreenings, critical reviews, trailers and other methods of marketing the latest movie, play or album.  Obviously this was not the case as classical productions were unveiled thoughout history, nor has it been the case with “Messiah in America”.  With the exception of the choirs, orchestra and a few volunteers  no one knows what to expect on March 31st.  We have the excitement of the participants, the testimonies of those involved and the reputation from past performances to set some expectations, but the reality is that on March 31st “Messiah in America” will literally explode into existence as a musical masterpiece.  The combination of inspired music and sacred text will provide an unforgettable experience.  History will determine if Brett Stewart gets to stand with the Masters, but for now, on March 31st, each of us has an opportunity to experience something rare and precious, the world premiere of a classical masterpiece.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  We’ve added the Performing Arts Center link for tickets to the links section for ease or visit  Below are the world premieres of some well known works as a reference points.

    Handels’ Messiah – April 13, 1742

    Mozart – Don Giovani – October 27, 1787

    Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – May 7, 1824


One Response to “World Premiere – “Messiah in America””

  1. MelissaPeterson Says:

    This blog is fabulous! Thanks Jon!

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