Handel’s Messiah – The ACT Arts Centre

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Event Category: BC’s Best Festivals & Events

  • In one of only three professional performances in the Lower Mainland this season, one of the most monumental and inspirational musical works of all time fills The ACT Arts Centre stage.

    Written in an astonishing 24 days in 1741, Messiah sets text from the King James Bible and other sacred works, beginning with the prophesies of the birth of Christ to the Resurrection, in sublime music written for an orchestra, chorus, and four vocal soloists, including the powerful and joyous Hallelujah Chorus.

    Conductor Ivars Taurins, music director of the JUNO Award-winning Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, leads a 20-piece professional orchestra, 40-member chorus and an internationally-recognized quartet of soloists in this inspirational and glorious event, in an historically-informed performance of this seasonal favourite. Listeners of all beliefs will be moved by Handel’s monumental artistic achievement.


    Ivars Taurins, conductor and music director

    Joanne Lunn, soprano; Krisztina Szabó, mezzo soprano; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone

    Early Music Vancouver – Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director

    Pacific Baroque Orchestra – Alexander Weimann, Artistic Director

    Vancouver Cantata Singers – Paula Kremer, Director


    “To God alone the glory,”- G.F. Handel’s original dedication of Messiah

    Join the performers and enhance your experience with a pre-concert discussion from the stage at 2pm


    For more information on the ACT Arts Centre click here.

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