The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will perform Handel’s Messiah, a Holiday tradition, in Leamington on Saturday, Dec. 8 and in Tecumseh on Sunday, Dec. 9. Featuring the energy of the WSO and WSO Chorus, led by Conductor Peter Wiebe and Chorus Master Bruce Kotowich, Handel’s Messiah is a holiday favourite that always captivates audiences.
During the time of Handel, operas and oratorios were the most popular entertainment. Like today’s movies and television shows, they charmed audiences with exciting stories of epic heroes who battled overwhelming odds to either their triumph or tragic failure. The only differences between the two musical forms were that oratorios were usually performed in concert, rather than with acting and scenery, and their stories were usually drawn from the Bible. Handel’s Messiah is unique in that its entire text is taken word-for-word from the Bible. From the very first notes of its Overture, Messiah traces the story of Jesus Christ from the need for a Savior from the fall of man to His triumphant return at the end of days. As one of the most popular musical works ever composed, it is a testament to the conviction of centuries of Christians who have kept this stirring declaration of their faith alive.
Joining the WSO and WSOC are four extraordinary soloists: Simone McIntosh (Soprano), Marjorie Maltais (Alto), Jean-Philippe Lazure (Tenor), and Bruce Kotowich (Bass), who will transport listeners with their perfectly blended voices.
December 9th – Leamington United Mennonite Church, Leamington
December 10th – St. Anne’s Church, Tecumseh
Concerts begin at 7:30 pm.