The "Messiah"


Bluffton University to present 125th performance of ‘Messiah’

Bluffton University will present its 125th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, via livestream at

Instead of recording a traditional concert, the music department teamed up with Modo Media, a Lima-based video and design agency, to develop a retrospective. Co-owners Chad Stearns ’00 and Cody Ridenour ’08, both participated in “Messiah” as Bluffton students.

The video production will feature reflections from past conductors, including Dr. Steve Jacoby and Dr. Mark Suderman, and archival footage, photographs and recordings from past performances. Dr. Bo Young Kang, director of choral activities, will conduct select portions of the oratorio featuring current students, soloists and a string quartet.

Making of the "Messiah"

Making of a retrospective video

Instead of recording a traditional concert to be streamed, the music department teamed up Modo Media to develop a mini-documentary.