Cel­e­brat­ing the Mes­siah

Cantabile So­ci­ety of Truro ready to per­form or­a­to­rio that’s nearly three cen­turies old

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BT FRAM DINSHAW

large af­fair in­clud­ing 500 per­form­ers from as far away as Qatar and Hong Kong, whereas the show in Truro will be a more in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing the solo acts as part of the main con­cert.

First com­posed in 1741 by Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del, a Ger­man-born Bri­tish com­poser, Han­del’s Mes­siah was orig­i­nally per­formed with a small orches­tra.

The per­for­mance is split into three parts telling the story of Je­sus’s birth start­ing with Old Tes­ta­ment prophe­cies.

Bow­man said over the years, Han­del’s Mes­siah was per­formed by big­ger mu­sic groups un­til the present day, with the trend now be­ing to keep the per­for­mance as close to the orig­i­nal as pos­si­ble. The Cantabile So­ci­ety’s Truro show will fea­ture about 70 per­form­ers.

A smaller per­for­mance will also al­low Bow­man and his col­leagues to bet­ter show­case in­di­vid­ual ta­lent, such as Shan­non Robert­son on trum­pet and Cyn­thia Davies, a well-known Nova Sco­tian pi­anist.

“It’s an hon­our, re­ally, to be work­ing with so many singers at so many dif­fer­ent lev­els, who know the piece re­ally well and can bring all their ta­lent to­gether,” said Bow­man.

The Satur­day show of Han­del’s Mes­siah runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at First United Church. Tick­ets are $25 and can be bought at Mac­quar­ries Phar­masave on Es­planade Street, from in­di­vid­ual choir mem­bers or at the door.

For up­dates, check the Cantabile So­ci­ety of Truro’s Face­book page.

The Cantabile So­ci­ety of Truro is bring­ing Han­del’s Mes­siah home this week after a well-re­ceived per­for­mance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The show will run at Truro’s First United Church Satur­day, Dec. 8 and will in­clude solo per­for­mances from choir mem­bers, as well as per­form­ers from East Hants, some of whom also trav­elled with the so­ci­ety to their New York show last month.

“It’s marvelous to bring it home after per­form­ing it there,” said Chris Bow­man, the Cantabile So­ci­ety’s artis­tic di­rec­tor. “I also love this mu­sic, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced it as a mem­ber of the choir, as a con­duc­tor, as a soloist and as an au­di­ence mem­ber. No mat­ter what I am, I’m al­ways dis­cov­er­ing some­thing new about this piece.”

Bow­man said even though Han­del’s Mes­siah is per­formed sev­eral times over Christ­mas, ev­ery con­duc­tor lead­ing the show still leaves his or her own unique stamp.

For ex­am­ple, the New York show was a

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY THE CANTABILE SO­CI­ETY OF TRURO Those per­form­ing in the Han­del’s Mes­siah con­cert this Satur­day have been re­hears­ing to pre­pare for the big night at Truro’s First United Church.

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