Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at the Cox, 350 S. 700 East, St. George. Admission to the concert is free, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as there are no reserved seats.
Locally, this year marks the 33rd performance of “Messiah” by the Southwest Symphony and Chorale with the Community Chorus in St. George. The choir and soloists are rehearsed and prepared by Robert Briggs and the concert is directed by Gary Caldwell.
The Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Chorale perform Handel’s “Messiah”
The music for Messiah was completed in 24 days of swift composition. The autograph score’s 259 pages show some signs of haste such as blots, scratchings-out, unfilled bars and other uncorrected errors, but according to the music scholar Richard Luckett the number of errors is remarkably small in a document of this length.
In the Christian tradition, the figure of the “Messiah” or redeemer is identified with the person of Jesus, known by his followers as the Christ or “Jesus Christ”. Handel’s Messiah has been described by the early-music scholar Richard Luckett as “a commentary on [Jesus Christ's] Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension”, beginning with God’s promises as spoken by the prophets and ending with Christ’s glorification in heaven.[ In contrast with most of Handel’s oratorios, the singers in Messiah do not assume dramatic roles, there is no single, dominant narrative voice, and very little use is made of quoted speech. In his libretto, Jennens’s intention was not to dramatise the life and teachings of Jesus, but to acclaim the “Mystery of Godliness”, using a compilation of extracts from the Authorized (King James) Version of the Bible, and from the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer (which are worded slightly differently from their King James counterparts).
The three-part structure of the work approximates to that of Handel’s three-act operas, with the “parts” subdivided by Jennens into “scenes”. Each scene is a collection of individual numbers or “movements” which take the form of recitatives, arias and choruses. There are two instrumental numbers, the opening Sinfony in the style of a French overture, and the pastoral Pifa, often called the “pastoral symphony”, at the mid-point of Part I.
In Part I, the Messiah’s coming and the Virgin Birth are predicted by the Old Testament prophets. The annunciation to the shepherds of the birth of the Christ is represented in the words of St Luke’s Gospel. Part II covers Christ’s Passion and his death, his Resurrection and Ascension, the first spreading of the Gospel through the world, and a definitive statement of God’s glory summarised in the “Hallelujah”. Part III begins with the promise of Redemption, followed by a prediction of the Day of Judgment and the “general Resurrection”, ending with the final victory over sin and death and the acclamation of Christ. According to the musicologist Donald Burrows, much of the text is so allusive as to be largely incomprehensible to those ignorant of the biblical accounts. For the benefit of his audiences, Jennens printed and issued a pamphlet explaining the reasons for his choices of scriptural selections.
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Museums continue to pop up all around St. George.
Museums in the area abound with history, education, natural wonders and art in St. Goerge. Here is a list with links and descriptions to many in the area. The list below each contains a hyperlink to its respective site, and the approximate distance from BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.
- Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum - 0 blocks, FREE to the public, area artifacts and stories
- St. George Art Museum - 2 blocks, Minimal cost, well operated and very relaxing
- St. George Children’s Museum - 3 blocks, the Newest addition to a great collection, well worth a visit especially for young children with a lot of energy. Many hands on exhibits.
- Dixie State University Sears Art Gallery - 7 blocks, A great rotating gallery of art and history exhibits, minimal cost if any
- Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - 2 miles, full body game animal mounts from across the globe and a vast collection of insects for your young entomologist (study of insects)
- Washington City Museum - 3 miles, Pioneer era artifacts
- Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm - 3 miles, showcases footprints of a kind raptor only known to exist in this area
- Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum - 5 miles, in the basement of the city offices.
- Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum - 6 miles, a great collection of full and operational war planes.
- Hurricane Pioneer Museum - 16 miles, local pioneer artifacts
- Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum - 10 miles, well operated, artifacts, restored buildings of an old mining ghost towm
- Pilot Peak DUP Museum - Enterprise, Utah, local pioneer artifacts
- Zion Human History Museum - 42 miles, natural history
St. George Art Museum
For a comprehensive list with addresses and phone numbers for area museums in and near Washington County click here.
If we were to add another the next should be a location for a film and movies showcasing the development of the film industry and the many movies made in the Southern Utah area. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a multiple of John Wayne westerns, and SciFi movies such as Galaxy Quest and others. Much of the feature film The Fly Boys was filmed in St. George proper just blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills property.
Jubilee of Trees returns for its 10th year!
ST. GEORGE – From humble beginnings in 1981, to generating $6 million over the last 10 years, the Jubilee of Trees has become the largest showcase of custom-designed Christmas trees and wreaths between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and a powerhouse fundraiser for Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. The 2013 Jubilee opens this week, with its fundraising theme of “In the Blink of an Eye,” because that’s how life changes. The goal aims to bring Trauma II Services, especially for severe head, spinal and other neurological injuries, to Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center.
The Jubilee of Trees, St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Dixie Regional Medical Center
The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center is equally grateful for the dedication of its volunteers and proudly announces the 2013 leadership of the annual Jubilee of Trees fundraising event. The leadership—collectively known as the Jubilee of Trees Executive Council—places its heart, soul and elbow grease into heading the five-day event to generate philanthropy in support of healthcare advancements at Dixie Regional Medical Center. The Jubilee is the largest showcase of designer trees between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and one of the southwestern Utah’s most beloved holiday venues. Read more: KCSG Television – 2013 Jubilee of Trees
If your are in town during the Jubilee of Trees ask for “Jubilee of Trees Discount” which is available off the regular rate. Thank you for helping to support such a wonderful and worth while event as we usher in the holiday season.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the staff at BEST WESTERN Coral Hills!
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Pickleball continues to grow in popularity and access.
Act like a true local and hit the Pickleball courts in St. George. The fast-paced game is a cross of whiffle ball and badminton and great for the old and young.
Watch a demonstration of the game on the USA Pickleball Association’s website, pick up some equipment and get outside.
Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah
We have several courts in the St. George area with the closest to Best Western Coral Hills only four blocks away at the Vernon Worthen Park.
The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer smaller version of a wiffle ball.
Pickleball is similar to tennis, but with differences. A pickleball ball typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball and the court is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court.
Pickleball Courts in St. George, Utah
Veteran’s Day in St. George, Utah
Veterans Parade – Washington City
The Veteran’s Park is located at 75 E. Telegraph in Washington, UT. Last year the parade started near the Washington City Community Center and ran down to and turned onto Telegraph.
November 11, 2013 St. George has a Veteran’s Day Parade and Tribute starting at 9 am
November 9 – 11, 2013 there is FREE admission to ALL national parks in honor of Veterans Day! Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Pipe Springs National Monument are parks near southern Utah you can enjoy. Find more national parks at: www.nationalparks.org
Veterans Day St. George, Utah Info
Sponsored by the American Legion, Post 90, and the City of St. George, the St. George parade’s theme this year is “Freedom Isn’t Free,” and they are planning the biggest celebration to date. Following the parade, there will be a Freedom isn’t Free program in the historic Tabernacle at 18 South Main Street, beginning at 10:45 a.m.
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Our gazebo is back up at our outdoor sitting area close to the East Wing indoor section of BEST WESTERN Coral Hills. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy friends and the St. George sun.
After a good moment relaxing there are several things to do and see nearby to the BWCH. We are in the St. George downtown, historic district and are within 3 blocks of 15 great restaurants, there are several museums, historic sites and shopping. when next you come to St. George check out this great area of town.
The restaurants, in no particular order, are: 1 George’s Corner, 2 Pasta Factory, 3 Pizza Factory, 4 Benja’s, 5 Painted Pony, 6 Bear Paw, 7 Piccolo Mundo, 8 Cappaletti’s, 9 Twenty-Five Main, 10 One Hot Grill, 11 Nelsons Frozen Custard, 12 Café Rio, 13 Iceberg 14 Red Ginger 15 Ocean Buffet
Museums include the St. George Art Museum, The St. George Children’s Museum, and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum
There are many art studios that are sure to please the eyes and unique shops.
Activities for kids: The St. George Children’s Museum, The carrousel and splash pad at the St. George Downtown Plaza, Laser Mania with indoor laser tag an miniature golf and 4D rides, Bowling all within 3 blocks or less.
A gazebo at the outdoor sitting area located next to the East Wing indoor section.
Daylight Savings Time Ends once again!
It’s time to spend all that daylight savings we have been holding onto and sleep for an extra hour! Except in Arizona.
Do you have a hard time remembering whether to go forward or backward on the clock every time this daylight savings changes? There are only two simple things you need to remember. The first is to commit to memory the short saying: “Spring Forward, Fall Back”. In the spring we move the clocks forward one hour. In the fall we move our clocks back one hour. The second item is to actually remember to set your clocks back prior to going to bed Saturday…then you won’t have to wake up at 2am to make the time at the official moment.
Employee of the Month
Josephine Mills, Breakfast Staff
This is Josephine Mills, she is awesome!
Along with serving a great breakfast, we have great staff who help serve up that breakfast. We would like you to meet one of them. Josephine has worked with the Best Western Coral Hills since October 2012. She has come so far, literally! She was born in the Philippines and knows four languages: English, Japanese, Tagalog, and Malay. She began in the Laundry department then moved to breakfast. Josephine is outgoing, talkative and fun for our guests when they come down to eat each morning. She also has a bright and happy smile. She has had perfect attendance since the day she was hired; she is an exceptional employee and just plain awesome!
Congratulations Josephine for being employee of the month at Best Western Coral Hills!
Where did the sign go?
New Sign for the BWCH
No skin and all bones
BEST WESTERN Coral Hills installed a new sign which looks exactly like the one we had prior…except it’s new and doesn’t show signs of wear. Young Electric Sign Company, YESCO, performed the facelift and did a fantastic job. The project took YESCO almost three days to change out because the sign’s insides also received an upgrade to more energy efficient ballasts and light bulbs. And since that is better for the environment, it means it is better for all of us. After the sign was back on its pedestals the posts and exterior frame received a new coat of Best Western gray paint. It looks so beautiful…*moment of quiet please, wipe tear from eye*.
Click on any of the pictures to be taken to our Facebook photo album showing renovations and upgrades. We recently updated our smoke area with an ornamental gazebo and it looks great! We are grateful to have the new sign to help our guests find us. After you checked in and have rested from your trip and activities, you may take a moment to stare at it for a while. Take pictures of your family with our new sign in the background. Then post it on your Facebook, Pinterest or attach it to e-mails. Share the awesome experience with everyone you know.
BEST WESTERN Coral Hills gets a new sign!