Busy Valley soprano Andrea Rodall will join the soloists for ‘The Messiah’ this December. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Cowichan Christmas favourite, ‘The Messiah’, onstage in Duncan Dec. 1

With great soloists, and a beefed-up choir, they’ll raise the roof on ‘Hallelujah’ chorus

The Messiah! For the many who love Christmas music, just that name alone is enough to get them humming.

Whether it’s the famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus, or other loud and proud showpieces like ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ and ‘The People That Walked in Darkness’ or quieter selections like ‘He Shall Feed His Flock’ or the lovely little symphony, this remarkable oratorio by Handel has been a crowd pleaser for centuries.

To warm up your pipes, here’s some practice music:

The Cowichan Consort Orchestra and Choir presents Mozart’s 1789 arrangement of Handel’s magnificent work on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mozart arrangement includes wind parts for the orchestra which is a bonus for the Consort, as so many more members get to play.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church on Trunk Road in Duncan.

Noted Canadian bass soloist Gary Relyea will sing, along with Ted Rhodes, tenor, Anne Relyea, mezzo-soprano, and Andrea Rodall, soprano.

Cowichan audiences have a chance to hear two of the Valley’s busiest soloists, Rhodes and Rodall, singing in this concert, according to Consort publicist Joy Ann Bannerman.

“Andrea has a tall list of previous works performed and Ted is forever in demand as a tenor soloist. We are pleased to welcome back Gary and Anne who will sing a sixth time with the Consort.”

Members of Malaspina Choir from Nanaimo will again join forces with the Consort Choir for this event. Directed by Lionel Tanod, they joined the Consort for the presentations of Verdi’s Requiem last May.

Conductor Erica Phare-Bergh is guest conductor for this concert.

Tickets are available at Volume One Book Store and from Consort members. Adult seats are $20 and students under one year old get in for $10. Any leftover tickets will be sold at the door.

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