Christmas classic inspires true meaning of season

Choir presents Handel’s Messiah, featuring Surrey soloists

Chris Simmons and Debra DaVaughn

The Handel Society Choir, in collaboration with the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra, both conducted by maestro Johan Louwersheimer, will present Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150 St.

Featured soloists will be well-known Surrey singers Debra DaVaughn (soprano) and her husband, Christopher Simmons (tenor), with Lauren Solkomon (mezzo-soprano) and Joel Klein (bass).

Possibly the best-known late Baroque oratorio, George Frederick Handel’s 1741 masterwork, Messiah, is an enduring Christmas classic, offering audiences an opportunity to appreciate the historic majesty of the composition and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.

Also enduring is the Handel Society, now in its 45th year of performing major choral works – including such pieces as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Haydn’s Creation – as well as highlighting the talents of many aspiring young musicians.

Tickets ($20, $15 seniors and students) are available at the door or by calling 604-585-9102.

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