Emily Reed

Behind the Music – I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

Reminding us of our living hope in the Risen Christ, soprano Emily Reed inspired us with a stirring rendition of G.F. Handel’s I Know That My Redeemer Liveth in this year’s Easter broadcast. The Artist: A soloist from Orange County, California, Emily graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in music from the Chapman University Conservatory of Music in 2014. In 2010, she was named a grand prize finalist for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. The Song: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth is from the third movement of Messiah, George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece, and most well-known work. Like the rest of its songs and choruses, the text is entirely based on Scripture, in this case on verses from Job 19:25-26 and 1 Corinthians 15:20. Amazingly, the 260-page libretto of Messiah was written in an astonishingly short 24 days! While he was composing, it is reported that Handel ate next

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