Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a previous performance of Messiah (Chronic Creative)
"I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself," George Frideric Handel wrote while composing Messiah in 1741.
Handel's Messiah is a time-honoured tradition for the Christmas season. Audiences involuntarily stand when they hear the Hallelujah Chorus resound. It's Handel's most celebrated oratorio and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is once again presenting this choral masterpiece.
Performances take place December 15 in Winkler, December 17 in Winnipeg at Centennial Concert Hall and December 18 in Brandon.
Sarah Halmarson is performing the soprano solo role for the very first time. She is incredibly excited about it and wants you to try and nab one of the few remaining tickets.
Sarah gives us 5 reasons you should come to Messiah:
1) Handel's Messiah is a classic...a true masterpiece. Everyone should have the chance to experience it performed live.
2) The chorus. Manitoba is known for its exceptional choral singing. You will be blown away by Handel's stunning choral writing (including, but not limited to the infamous Hallelujah Chorus).
3) The strings and tenor Christopher Mayell in Comfort ye my people...absolutely magical. It totally makes me feel comforted, and I bet you will feel comforted too. It's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the holiday season.
4) Mel Braun (baritone) and Brian Sykora (trumpet) in The trumpet shall sound. EPIC.
5) My gown. It's pretty epic, too.
Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah Halmarson was born in Saskatoon and moved to Winnipeg at the age of twelve. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba where she studied with Tracy Dahl.
She won First Prize in the 2008 Doris McLellan Competition for Solo Performance. She has performed with Manitoba Opera, Saskatoon Opera and Banff Opera as Theatre. She currently makes her home in Toronto but loves returning home to Winnipeg.