Featuring Musica Viva Orchestra playing on period instruments with four outstanding Canadian soloists, Handel’s Messiah is a treasured Christmas tradition for many in the English-speaking world.
Conductor Gerald Neufeld remarked, “Although last year was my final performance of Messiah with the Guelph Chamber Choir as its regular conductor, I am grateful for another opportunity to explore this monumental work with our singers and period players during this transitional year to a new conductor. I invite you to come and experience the familiar story declaimed through Handel’s brilliant beautiful score.”
The choir is pleased to welcome back soprano Meredith Hall who thrills audiences internationally with her “lustrous sound and fluent legato with bravura musical performance matched by a riveting sense of the dramatic.”
Jennifer Enns Modolo is a mezzo-soprano who is making a name for herself in Canada and abroad. She has delighted audiences across the country with her clear, unaffected voice and expressive singing.
Canadian tenor Colin Ainsworth has distinguished himself with his exceptional singing and diverse repertoire. This versatile and thrilling tenor has worked across the world with opera companies and orchestras and is acclaimed for his interpretations of the major Classical and Baroque tenor roles. "Ainsworth has always been blessed with an unusually high, pure tenor. Now it thrills with remarkable power and expressivity.”
Baritone Bruce Kelly’s extensive career has taken him to many of the important opera houses and concert halls of Europe as well as those of his native Canada. He is celebrated for his “assured stage presence and rich baritone.”
Arrive early and check out silent auction items in support of the Guelph Chamber Choir at each concert this season! Items include original artwork, gift cards, hotel & dining experiences, show tickets, and other great prizes! Bidding will close at the end of the intermission. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, e-transfer, debit or credit card.
Our latest Christmas CD Carols of the Bells (2017) will be available for purchase at the concert, along with previous recordings from the choir. The perfect stocking stuffer for the choral music fans on your list.
We will also be presenting a Sing-Along Messiah the evening before on Friday, December 21, 2108 at 7:30 pm at St. George’s Anglican Church. A suggested donation of $20 in support of Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County will provide essential support to young adults aging out of the foster program. More generous donations for this project are most welcome.
Single tickets for the performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the River Run Centre are now available for only $40 each or 4 for $140.
We encourage young adults to attend with $10 tickets for students and those 30 and under, and only $5 for youth 14 and under or with eyeGO.
Tickets are available online through the River Run Centre
or by calling the River Run's Box Office at 519-763-3000.
Special thanks to our concert sponsor: John and Barbara Wood.
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