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Friday, Nov 24, 2017

Getting a Handel on Christmas

Three shows throughout the Fraser Valley beginning in Chilliwack Dec 8

By Lynne Preston, secretary CSO


On December, 8, 9, and 10, the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Chorus celebrates the 2017 Christmas season across the Fraser Valley with three presentations of G.F.Handel's Messiah. They will be joined by the  by the Chilliwack Children's Choirs. the a cappella group Belle Voici, and  guest soloists soprano Nancy Hasiuk, countertenor Shane Hanson. and tenor Thomas Lamont.

"One of the  special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep it fresh as if one had just discovered it," noted Paula DeWitt. "It is a joy for many listeners to experience a more detailed, articulate style and quicker tempos based on Baroque dance rhythms and speech patterns."

December 8, 2017 Messiah in the Valley First Avenue Church, Chilliwack

December 9, 2017 Messiah in h Valley: St Joseph, Langley

December 10, 2017 Messiah in the Valley, Aldergrove

Tickets available at King's Music in Sardis or online at CSO. Please check for more details at chilliwacksymphony.com 

"Today, such an in interpretation is much more common among both period and modern orchestras, and it is no longer surprising to return to work each year, not so much to perform various versions of it or to consciously try to do something 'different' but rather to discover more details and thus provide a greater depth in the music, For me, that is what makes it perpetually 'new.' It quite literally sparklers A work such as Messiah is truly inexhaustible," said DeWitt.

Historically, its beauty is everlasting and audiences return year after year. For many, seeing a performance of Handel's Messiah by the CSO has become a family tradition and the highlight of the Christmas season.



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