Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”) invites audiences to celebrate the festive season with the much-anticipated return of Handel’s Messiah, on November 30th at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
Following the dramatic success of EMV’s 2017 production, celebrated guest conductor Ivars Taurins travels from Toronto to lead the combined forces of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra (“PBO”), the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four internationally acclaimed vocalists in a thrilling period instrument performance of the all-time seasonal favourite.
- Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (UBC – 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
- When: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 8:00pm. (Pre-Concert Talk at 7:15pm with Matthew White, Ivars Taurins, and the soloists)
- Tickets: From $18. Available online by or calling the box office at (604) 822-2697
Handel’s Messiah is one of the most recognizable works in the classical repertoire and has an unbroken performance tradition dating back to its debut in 1742. Today, the work is often heard with a chorus made up of hundreds of singers and supported by the instrumental forces of a modern symphonic orchestra.
EMV’s Messiah will feature a baroque chamber orchestra of 20 period instrumentalists, a chorus of 40 singers, and soloists steeped in baroque vocal performance practice, allowing for a reading of the work that is nimble, nuanced, and steeped in the sounds of 18th century England.
The brilliant work is divided into three parts, each made up of several scenes. Part One offers comforting prophecies of salvation, and a jubilant musical accounting of Christ’s birth. Part Two is the emotional core of the work, depicting Christ’s passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Part Three is one of joyful affirmation and thanksgiving, inviting listeners to celebrate the gift of eternal life offered by Christ’s sacrifice. The exuberant and iconic “Hallelujah Chorus” has become so recognizable in Western culture that it is now almost synonymous with celebration.
Handel’s Messiah Presented by Early Music Vancouver
Handel’s Messiah will also be presented at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on November 30, 2019 at 7:30pm, and at the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge on December 1, 2019 at 3:00pm.
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