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No matter how many times you hear it (or how many times you sing it) Handel’s Messiah has unique power. Join us to experience this uplifting music for yourself at the choir’s annual performance of the work, conducted by Syd Birrell.

When: Monday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Emmanuel United Church, 534 George St N, Peterborough, ON
Tickets: $40 general admission; $10 students. Available through the Peterborough Singers’ website Peterborough Singers’ website and the following:

  • Pammett’s Flower Shop,
  • Grainger’s Cleaners,
  • Ashburnham Foot & Ankle Centre,
  • Happenstance Books & Yarns (Lakefield)

Although George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally performed at Easter time, premiering in Dublin in April of 1742, today it’s most associated with the Christmas season. As a religious tradition it tells the sacred story of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a tradition for any music lover it presents glorious vocal solos and choruses that inspire and enthrall.

This year, the Peterborough Singers’ performance of Messiah features the following wonderful group of guest artists: Shannon McCracken soprano; Martina Myskohlid mezzo; Jacob Abrahamse tenor; Alex Halliday bass; Ian Sadler organ and Paul Otway and Douglas Sutherland trumpets.

Here’s a little bit more about our vocal soloists; for full artist bios visit Handel’s Messiah webpage.

Shannon McCracken is a singer, actor, voice-over artist and teacher. She has performed across Canada, and is equally at home in plays and musicals, film and television, and on the concert stage.

Martina Myskohlid is a Canadian coloratura mezzo-soprano with an adventurous spirit and the drive to fulfil an international career. Martina is a current member of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. She recently graduated with honours from Yale University, earning the Master of Music degree.

Jacob Abrahamse holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance with Honours from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Trent University. He has been bestowed with a Lieutenant Governor’s Award, the Albert and Wilhelmine Francis Scholarship in Music, the Greta Kraus Scholarship, the Queensmen of Toronto Richard Bowles Memorial Scholarship, and two civic awards from the City of Peterborough.

Alex Halliday is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. After graduating, he pursued an Opera Masters from the University of Toronto and then went on to work for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. Alex made his COC debut as Guccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

Please note that at this time masks are required in order to attend Peterborough Singers’ performances.

Thank you to our generous concert sponsors;

We are grateful to our Season Sponsors, Fran Allen and David Tomlinson

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