OSO SPECIALS I
KALLIE CLAYTON | SOPRANO
SHANE HANSON | COUNTER TENOR
OWEN MCCAUSLAND | TENOR
STEPHEN HEGEDUS | BASS-BARITONE
OKANAGAN SYMPHONY CHORUS
Kelowna: Friday, December 20, 2019; 7:30 pm
Penticton: Saturday, December 21, 2019; 7:30 pm
Vernon: Sunday, December 22, 2019; 2:00 pm
(NO OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL, NO PRE-CONCERT TALK)
George Frideric Handel Messiah
Handel’s Messiah, with its beautiful arias, brilliant choruses and imaginative orchestrations, has stood the test of time as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire. With a quartet of stunning soloists, our own Okanagan Symphony Chorus and your OSO, this is a Christmas tradition that you won’t want to miss.
George Frederic Handel was an early cosmopolitan - born in Germany, educated in Italy, borrowed heavily from French traditions in music and found his fame and fortune in Great Britain.
LEAVE YOUR SWORDS AT HOME
The anticipation of Handel’s Messiah was so great that news went out for ladies to come without their hoops and men without their swords. This way they could cram 700 into the theatre when it was designed for 600.
Messiah wasn’t originally intended for Christmas. It premiered in 1742 in Dublin at Easter time. The Victorians later moved it to Christmas, to revive interest in that then-neglected time of year.
PERFORMING HANDEL IS ALWAYS A JOY. I really look forward to welcoming our four guest artists for the solo roles in the Messiah. They are all wonderful performers and communicators. Every time I hear these beautiful arias performed by somebody new, I have a new insight based on their interpretation.