Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:25

Swift Current Oratorio Choir to perform Handel's Messiah

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The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is celebrating 45 years of making music in Swift Current, with a special performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday April 15.

The Messiah is a favourite of audiences and choir members alike, with pieces ranging from sorrowful to joyous, including the familiar and glorious Hallelujah Chorus. It has been said that Handel wrote the music in such a fervour of divine inspiration that "he saw all heaven before him".
Joining the choir for the performance will be the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, and four guest soloists. The choir is thrilled to feature one of its own, as mezzo-soprano soloist Brianna Dennehy sings regularly with the Oratorio Choir and with Prairie Spirit. She grew up in southwest Saskatchewan and is currently on maternity leave from her position teaching and conducting choirs at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School.
Tenor Michael Harris is also a familiar voice, as he has performed with the choir on several occasions. The choir is also delighted to welcome soprano Chelsea Mahan and bass-baritone Joshua Hendrickson for their premiere performances with the choir.
The choir is currently directed by Marcia McLean, with Amy Wiens serving as the rehearsal accompanist. Greg McLean will bring the musicians, soloists and choir together as the guest conductor for the performance.
Several factors have contributed to the continued success of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir, including strong leadership from directors and accompanists, and support from the community. At the heart of the choir are the singers, with members of all ages and musical backgrounds, travelling from all over southwest Saskatchewan.
The choir has worked to foster and encourage choral music in southwest Saskatchewan, helping to develop the talents of generations of singers in the area. The style and quality of music the choir has performed has earned them a second invitation to perform as part of a mass choir at Carnegie Hall in New York in January of 2019.
The Messiah will be performed on Sunday April 15 at 7 p.m. at Bridgeway Community Church. Advance tickets for the concert are $25 and are available at Pharmasave. Admission at the door is $30.

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