BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: With the holiday season ramping up, a familiar North Durham musical tradition will return. The Uxbridge Messiah Singers hope to delight the residents of Uxbridge, and spread some good will while doing so.
On Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m., Trinity United Church will see a 95-person choir perform Handel’s holiday masterpiece - Messiah. Readers are invited to enjoy the glory of this spectacular biennial community gift.
According to George Pratt, President and veteran organizer of the performance, “The Messiah Singers are a group of volunteer singers from across North Durham, and we hire a professional 15-piece orchestra to accompany the evening. For a group of amateur and semi-professional vocalists, we create beautiful music which really tells a story.”
Beautifully performed with harpsichord, professional soloists and orchestra, it’s an Uxbridge Christmas tradition not to be missed.
Advance tickets are mandatory from a Chorus Member, Blue Heron Books, Presents, Presents, Presents and Brian J. Evans Financial Services.
“Tickets aren’t ‘sold’ they are given away. We ask for a donation of $20, or whatever families can afford,” said Mr. Pratt. “Each year, many families give a little extra, and some who can’t afford it enjoy a night out, free of charge.”
All money collected by the Messiah Singers is collected, and used to cover the costs of their accompanying orchestra, any left-over funds are donated to local food banks and charity projects.
“This is our Christmas gift to the community, it takes a lot of effort and we begin practicing in October,” said Mr. Pratt. “The concert evenings are the most rewarding parts, those who come to watch will really see the joy on our choir’s faces and hear the joy in their voices.”
Messiah is a popular Christmas music suite, which was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741. Since its first performance in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742, the musical suite has grown into a favourite performance piece in Western music, especially around the holiday season.
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