Handel’s Messiah is coming to Lindsay

By Lindsay Advocate

Come out on Sunday December 15 and hear a selection of glorious choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Lindsay’s own award winning choir, the Kawartha Lakes Singers (KLS), under the direction of Arlene Gray, will be joined for the second time by the Cobourg/ Port Hope based Northumberland Orchestra and Choir (NOC), under the direction of John Kraus.

The Messiah has earned a beloved place in many Christmas traditions. The audience always stands during the Hallelujah Chorus and there are several theories as to why. One theory is that at the 1743 London premiere, King George II was bothered by his gout and pins and needles. He needed to stretch. Whenever the King or Queen stood, everyone was expected to stand and not sit until the monarch was seated. Others suggest that King George was simply moved by the music. The tradition of standing for the Chorus continues to this day.

The second half of the concert will feature some Christmas Carols including a few performed by the Kawartha Lakes Singers with accompanist Gael Morrison on piano. The choir is pleased to welcome Gael in her first season as accompanist for the choir. The afternoon will conclude with a rousing Christmas medley audience singalong.

The December 15 concert is the first of three in the Kawartha Lakes Singers’ 2019-2020 season. The choir, known for its ability to sing many different styles of music, will be presenting “Music of the 70s” on March 8 in Lindsay and March 10 in Fenelon Falls. Amongst many 70s favourites, you will hear a great rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The choir will complete their season on April 26 in Lindsay with another joint collaboration of KLS and NOC. The concert will feature “A Mass for Peace’ by Karl Jenkins.

For more information about the Kawartha Lakes Singers’ upcoming season, go to klsingers.ca. The “Welcome Yule Concert (Messiah)” will be Sunday December 15 at 2:30 pm at Cambridge St. United Church, Lindsay. Tickets are $25 or $5 for children under 12.  A three concert KLS season’s ticket is $65. Tickets can be ordered by email at . or purchased at the door.

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