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Dec 20, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Sounds of the holiday season

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Lauren Baron BRANT NEWS As Christmas draws closer, the Grand River Chorus is inviting audiences the chance to slow down and appreciate the season. On Sunday, Dec. 23, the chorus will present George Frideric Handel’s Messiah at St. Pius Church beginning at 3 p.m. “It will offer a change of focus for audience members who have been occupied up until then with busy Christmas preparations a chance to slow down the pace and be surrounded and inspired by this wonderful choral music,” said Grand River Chorus president Jane Daw. Anne Marie McDairmid and a small orchestral ensemble will accompany the 70-member local choir in presenting the 18th century oratorio, which uses scriptural text from the King James Bible and Book of Common Prayer. Professional soloists Lesley Bouza and Daniel Cabena will join the chorus, as well as Andrew Tees and Andrew Haji, who sung with the chorus in an October opera concert. “The group we have will be splendid,” said Richard Cunningham, artistic director of the chorus. “We will be using a few of Handel’s own variants, which make the work fresh and interesting.” Tickets to see Messiah cost $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors or $5 for children and high school students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Brantford Bookworm, Green Heron Books in Paris, the Florian Clinic in Simcoe, online at www.grandriverchorus.com or at the door. Call 519-753-3405 or e-mail grandriverchorus@rogers.com for more information.

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