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Messiah times two on weekend

The Guelph Chamber Choir is presenting Handel’s Messiah twice before Christmas – in performance Saturday night at the River Run Centre and in a sing-along version Sunday afternoon at St. George’s Anglican Church.
The main-stage show at the River Run on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. will feature four soloists and an ensemble of Baroque instrumentalists.
“The unabated popularity of Handel’s Messiah is a seasonal reminder of the power of music in our lives,” conductor Gerald Neufeld said in a news release. “While the text weaves the familiar story of the coming of the Messiah, the music gives expression to the sentiments that are both so very old and yet so new.”
The four Canadian soloists are soprano Agnes Zsigovics, countertenor Daniel Cabena, who’s a Guelph native now based in Switzerland, tenor Bud Roach and veteran bass-baritone Daniel Lichti.
Daniel Moore of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County will give a “Podiumtalk!” before the show. His 7 p.m. talk is about Handel’s connection to child welfare.
On Sunday Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. in St. George’s church, the choir will lead “singers of all ages and talents” in a rousing Messiah sing-along.
“All are welcome to come and join in singing beloved choruses, including the Hallelujah Chorus. Donations in lieu of tickets support the Children’s First Fund of Family & Children’s Services,” the release said.
For tickets to the Dec. 21 performance, call 519-763-3000 or visit riverrun.ca. People under 30  can buy $10 tickets, and high school students can buy $5 eyeGO tickets.

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