- UBC School of Music
- Handel’s Messiah – University Singers, UBC Choral Union, UBC Symphony Orchestra
Handel’s Messiah – University Singers, UBC Choral Union, UBC Symphony Orchestra
Presented by the UBC School of Music
The UBC School of Music presents Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1757). This famous oratorio is by far Handel’s best loved and most frequently performed work, and is considered by many to be his greatest masterpiece. Steeped in tradition, performances of Messiah mark the beginning of the festive holiday season around the world.
This stunning performance will feature the award-winning UBC University Singers with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union, and soloists from the UBC Opera Ensemble. A powerful cast of 200 singers are backed by a brilliant, agile, and expressive orchestra to deliver soaring arias, overtures, and dramatic choruses.
Audience members will be invited to stand for the Hallelujah Chorus, as has been customary since the first London performance in 1743. That evening — at that very moment — the King stood, and the entire audience was obligated to follow suit. Historians and amateur musicologists enjoy debating whether he was acknowledging the kingly reference in the musical phrase “KING OF KINGS”, or if perhaps he was simply tired and wanted to stand.
This concert marks the first full performance of Messiah in over 15 years. Dr. Graeme Langager — UBC’s vibrant new Director of Choral Activities — brings his dynamic leadership style to the podium to conduct the 250+ performers.