“One of the special challenges in performing Messiah year after year is to keep the work sounding fresh, as if one had just discovered it,” notes Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus music director, Paula DeWit. “It is a joy for many listeners to experience a more detailed, articulate style and quicker tempos based on Baroque dance rhythms and speech patterns.”
“Today, such an interpretation is much more common among both period and modern orchestras, and it is no longer surprising. Instead, a listener can focus on the drama of the work and how a particular performance presents it,” adds Ms. DeWit. “I personally have found it satisfying to return to the work each year, not so much to perform various versions of it or to consciously try to do something ‘different,’ but rather to discover more details and thus provide a greater depth in the music. For me, that is what makes it perpetually ‘new.’ It quite literally sparkles! A work such as Messiah is truly inexhaustible. Historically, its beauty is everlasting and keeps audiences coming back year after year. For many, annual attendance at a performance of Handel’s Messiah has become an established and favoured family tradition as an important part to the onset of Christmas festivities.” We are thrilled to have the CSO musicians play on baroque period instruments this year. And we are excited to be performing in A415. A real treat for us!