The Best Seats Are In The Undress Circle

| Learning | November 4, 2013

(My choir co-director and I have just handed out the music to the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ to our students. This choir is a volunteer after-school club, and we get kids from all over the school who may not be music students. We like to educate about the music as we go along.)

Co-Director: “Now, the Hallelujah Chorus is from a larger work by Handel called The Messiah. It’s an oratorio, not an opera, because during Lent opera was considered a luxury. Who can tell me one of the differences between an opera and an oratorio?”

Student: “They didn’t wear any clothes.”

(There is a long pause.)

Student:Costumes! They didn’t wear any costumes!”

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