The Messiah 

It only took George Frideric Handel 24 days in 1741 to compose Messiah, a composition based on the Christian interpretation of Jesus Christ being anointed the "chosen one." During that time, Handel didn't eat or sleep much, which perhaps led to his claim that he saw "the great God himself" upon finalizing the piece.

The musicians of Boise Philharmonic and Boise Master Chorale have been rehearsing for their upcoming holiday performance of Messiah for more than 24 days, and we're guessing they've probably taken time out to eat and sleep. But that doesn't mean the concert won't have any less passion or emotion than Handel would expect.

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