This December 7 and 8, Rideau Chorale, directed by Roland Graham, will present George Frideric Handel’s splendid oratorio Messiah, HWV 56, with a 20-piece orchestra and four superb young Canadian soloists, under the guest direction of Maestro Matthew Larkin, at Southminster United Church.
A commentary on Jesus Christ's nativity, passion, resurrection and ascension, Handel’s Messiah has remained since its premier in Dublin in 1742 among the most popular works of classical music of all time. Scored for four-part chorus, soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, strings, winds, brass, keyboards and percussion, the work makes a lavish production with music suited to virtually every taste.
Soloists for these concerts are Kathleen Radke (soprano), Whitney O'Hearn (mezzo-soprano), Jeff Boyd (tenor) and Joel Allison (bass). I, after preparing the choir to sing under Maestro Larkin’s direction, will play harpsichord, and the choir’s rehearsal accompanist, Nick Rodgerson, will play organ. A professional orchestra containing many of Ottawa's most talented orchestral musicians will support the singers with Handel's lively and engaging accompanying score.
Purchase tickets to one of the two evening concerts through the choir’s Eventbrite page.