Toronto Symphony Orchestra Presents 'Messiah' this Christmas

Published: 2006-11-06
For many, hearing Handel's "Messiah" around Christmas has been a family tradition at outdoor festivals and music halls throughout the world, which is why the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has decided to present it at Roy Thompson Hall just in time for Christmas.

From December 16-21, the orchestra along with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and soloists Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jill Grove (Mezzo-soprano), John Tessier (Tenor), and Hugh Russell (Baritone) will perform this masterpiece at Roy Thompson Hall under baroque music specialist Maestro Nicholas McGegan.

Handel wrote "Messiah" to encapsulate the central beliefs of Christianity and it was said King George II loved it so much that during the famed "Hallelujah Chorus" he rose to his feet with excitement, it has become custom to do just that ever since. Mozart took the piece and shortened the second half and added woodwinds and brass making it a slightly larger, classical orchestra; the TSO will be performing this version in English. Tickets range from $35-95 and can be purchased by calling the Roy Thompson Hall box office at 416-593-4828 or online at

Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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