Niagara's beloved seasonal favourite
Mountainview Church, Grimsby
Sunday, December 9, 2012 @ 2:30pm
Pre-Concert Chat at 1:45pm
Calvary Church, St. Catharines
George Frideric Handels' most inspired and popular creation... joyously uplifting! Robert Cooper conducts the Talisker Players on period instruments alongside Chorus Niagara and a stellar line up of vocal soloists in these uplifting performances of the immortal oratorio.
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Hallelujah! - Celebrate the Season with Handel’s Messiah
Experience the sound of 1742!
CHORUS NIAGARA, Niagara’s premiere 100 voice ensemble, conducted by Artistic Director Robert Cooper, present George Frederic Handel’s choral masterpiece Messiah. The chorus performs at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main St. East in Grimsby on Saturday December 8th at 7:30pm and in St. Catharines on Sunday December 9th at 2:30pm at Calvary Church, 89 Scott St. Audiences are invited to a pre-concert chat 45 minutes prior to each performance.
Chorus Niagara has performed Handel’s Messiah biennially since 1990 to capacity houses. The Chorus’s stellar flash mob performance of the Hallelujah chorus, at the Seaway Mall in Welland, has garnered a record setting 38.8 million views on Youtube and has been seen around the world. (Click to watch on YOUTUBE)
Highlighting this performance are four superbly talented soloists.
Jacqueline Woodley, soprano, is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company ensemble. She has also performed at the Brott Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Woodley holds a Master’s in opera from McGill University. She is a performance prize winner with the Ottawa Choral Society and the Canadian Opera Company.
David Trudgen, counter-tenor, has appeared with the Chicago Opera, Boston Baroque, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera in Concert (Toronto), as well as with symphonies across Canada. Mr. Trudgen is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Mr. Trudgen is the recipient of the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding achievement.
Isaiah Bell, tenor, was a 2012 laureate of the Ottawa Choral Society’s New Discoveries Prize. He has performed with Orchestra Metropolitain, Trinity Wall Street – New York, Winter Opera in St. Louis, and Choeur St-Laurent. Mr. Bell received his formal training at the University of Victoria graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Mr. Bell is also an active composer.
Anthony Cleverton, baritone, a native of England, was trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he received numerous awards for performance. He has performed with the Mid-Wales Opera, English Touring Opera, and the Opera en Plein Air in Paris, France. Now based in Canada, Mr. Cleverton has performed with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, Toronto Choral Society and Opera York.
TheTalisker Players and Chorus Niagara Organist Lynne Honsberger accompany this magnificent choral work. Baroque-style instruments will be played exclusively for this performance, lending a warm, light and historically accurate sound to the work. Audiences will be transported back in time, experiencing the work as it was performed at its Dublin Ireland premiere in 1742!
Tickets are available from the Brock University Box Office in St. Catharines 905-688-5550 ext. 3257; toll free 1-866-617-3257; online www.arts.brocku.ca , from The Dutch Shop, 52 Main St. W. in Grimsby, or from a chorus member.
This concert is generously sponsored by Peter and Janet Partridge. Media Contact Paul Price 905-227-2356 or mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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