Partners bringing ‘Messiah’ to stage

The Cowichan Symphony Society is bringing Handel’s Messiah to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre stage on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cowichan Symphony Society is bringing Handel’s Messiah to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre stage on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The world’s most popular oratorio will be performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Vox Humana Choir and four super soloists so get your tickets now to enjoy a seasonal classic.

The music of Handel’s Messiah has universal appeal and has become associated with the holiday season despite covering both the birth and death of Jesus.

The beautiful arias and energetic choruses are great favourites with a wide variety of people and performances such as these are a cause for celebration.

Messiah is special because, unlike most of the choral and operatic work of its time, its melodies are still widely recognized, partly because it’s wonderful to sing.

To the chorister, whether in a formal performing ensemble or in an audience participating from a seat in the hall, Messiah is very special at Christmas.

Who can resist the excitement that always accompanies the first few notes of that wonderful chorus, And the glory of the Lord, or resist the urge to try those high notes in the shower the next day?

Then, of course there is the tender music that accompanies the birth of the baby and no one can ever resist the Hallelujah chorus.

But that’s not the end, and there is lots more, including such solo selections as The People That Walked in Darkness and I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.

Joining the performance are soprano Lucia Cesaroni, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor Zach Finkelstein and baritone Justin Welsh.

So, if you’ve been looking for a chance to hear Messiah live, this is your opportunity.

Tickets are $40 for adults and are available at the Cowichan Ticket Centre or call 250-748-7529.