Handel's Messiah

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Handel's Messiah

Valley Festival Singers and Pacific Spirit Choir present this timeless work. Conductor: Gerry van Wyck, Concertmaster: Calvin Dyck.

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Central Heights Church 1661 McCallum Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 3M4 Canada

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“Messiah” by George Fredrick Handel will be presented at Central Heights Church in Abbotsford on Saturday, December 10th at 2:00 pm featuring two choirs, four outstanding soloists - led by concertmaster Calvin Dyck and conductor Gerry van Wyck.

This performance will combine a local choral ensemble (Valley Festival Singers) under the direction of Joel Tranquilla with the Pacific Spirit Choir from West Vancouver.

At age 52 Handel suffered a stroke which incapacitated him, making it impossible for him to perform or conduct. He also complained of blurred vision. In addition, because he was not a wise businessman, he had lost a fortune in the opera business and, depressed and in debt, gave it up in 1740.

It was only shortly after these calamities in Handel’s life that he came across a libretto composed by Charles Jennens. Composed entirely of Scripture portions, Handel was so inspired that he wrote the whole 2 ½ hour oratorio in only 24 days. When he got to the Hallelujah chorus, his assistant found him in tears saying “I did think I saw heaven open, and I saw the very face of God”.

Fortunately for Handel, King George decided to attend a performance. When the Hallelujah chorus began to play, the King abruptly stood up, apparently as a way of indicating he recognized that Christ was the King of Kings. It was normal protocol that if the King stood at any time, no one in his presence sat, and so the entire audience stood for the performance of the Hallelujah chorus. The tradition has been maintained to this day.

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