The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra will help ring in the holiday season by bringing back a timeless Christmas classic.
The Lethbridge Symphony will perform “The Messiah” Dec. 15 and 16 at Southminster United Church. The Sunday, Dec. 15 concert will start at 3 p.m. while the Monday, Dec. 16 performance is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Lethbridge Symphony’s version of the famed oratorio — a powerhouse of music and vocals — will take the stage under the direction of guest conductor Marvin Dueck and will feature the Chinook Chamber Singers and soloists Janet Youngdahl, Erinn Evdokimoff-Roberts, Jason Ragan and Adam Brousseau.
“This is going to be a lot like Handel’s version of Messiah,” Glenn Klassen, the Lethbridge Symphony’s music director, said in a news release. “The premiere performance of Messiah featured a chorus of 32 singers and a similarly sized orchestra. It was intended to be a brilliant and huge work, presented by a small but powerful group of performers, and the Lethbridge Symphony’s forces for this year’s concerts are just what Handel had in mind.”
“The Messiah” consists of a series of reflections concerning Jesus as Saviour of humanity, divided into three distinct sections: the prophecies and the annunciation of Jesus and their fulfillment in his birth; the Passion story; and Jesus’ glorification in heaven and resurrection of the dead. The first part of Messiah is often dubbed “Christmas” due to its focus on the birth of Jesus and you can hear the sense of celebration throughout the music.
“This truly is a wonderful and special classic. It has always been a favourite in the community and we’re very excited to be presenting such an authentic version,” noted Melanie Gattiker, Symphony executive director. “We’re also really pleased to be doing Toonies for Turkeys again this year, in support of the Lethbridge and Interfaith Foodbanks. We’ll be doing a collection during intermission and at the end of the performances, with all proceeds going to help feed the less fortunate.”
Tickets for Symphony Series 3 – The Messiah range from $25-$75 and are available anytime at http://www.LethbridgeSymphony.org (now with a Print-at-Home option), or Monday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. by calling 403-328-6808, ext. 101.
Audience members aged 13-29 can sign up for Access Pass and receive further discounts, while those 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult may take advantage of the Children’s Pass discount program. Curated and Compose Your Own Subscription packages are also still available.
The 2019-20 season will continue with Symphony Series 4 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers,” on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2020. This year’s collaboration with the U of L Opera Workshop and Vox Musica is sure to get audiences laughing with a sparkling English comic operetta, fully staged.
Also coming in the new year is the Lethbridge Symphony’s popular “Love Notes” event, with the 12th annual edition titled “Diamonds and Denim.” The Symphony’s primary fundraising event will pay tribute to the agricultural sector that plays such an important role the Lethbridge community.
“Love Notes – Diamonds and Denim” takes place Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge Hotel. It will feature entertaining door prizes, a gala reception and a great meal, silent and live auctions, along with live music by local country artist Trevor Panczak and dancing to music by the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Those who purchase tickets before Christmas will be entered to win an extra door prize. Purchase a full table (eight tickets) and receive a voucher for a pair of complimentary tickets.
For shoppers looking for great gifts, gift vouchers can be purchased to all remaining performances in the season, in any price tier. The Symphony office will close for the holiday season on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. and re-open on Monday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m.