Chamber Choir performs Messiah Dec. 22

The Guelph Cham­ber Choir will perform Handel’s Messiah Dec. 22 at the River Run Centre.
The choir will be joined by four guest soloists and an orch­estra playing on period instru­ments, similar to the kind that were played in Handel’s time, in 18th century Europe.
Messiah is a favourite with Guelph audiences at this time of year.
“Although it was originally performed before Easter, Mes­siah is now a Christmas tradi­tion across the world, and in Guelph the season wouldn’t be complete without it” said conductor Gerald Neufeld. 
This year, the choir’s perfor­mance is the only one of the oratorio in the city.
Enhancing the drama and beauty of the choir and orch­estra are guest soloists soprano  Jennie Such, mezzo-soprano Patricia Green, tenor Eric Shaw, and bass Michael Dono­van.
The words in Messiah are drawn from the Old and New Testaments of The Holy Bible by English librettist Charles Jennens. Concert-goers are invited to learn more about the way the epic story was crafted in a talk, Prophetic Words and Inspired Music by Scripture scholar Dr. John Bligh. It will take place before the concert from 6.45 to 7.30pm.
The 40-voice Cham­ber Choir is a group of largely amateur singers that fosters the development and appreciation of fine choral music in the Guelph area.
Tickets to Messiah are $30 for adults, students $10; call the River Run Centre at 519-763-3000 or 1-877 520-2408 or at www.riverrun­
For more information  call 519-836-5103 or visit guelph­