Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre presents an afternoon celebrating of one of the most enduring pieces of music in the Western choral tradition. On Sunday, December 1, the Confederation Singers, orchestra, and four guest soloists perform Handel’s Messiah; the Baroque-era oratorio that celebrates the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The concert is an annual tradition at the Centre, led by Choral Music Director Donald Fraser
Written in 1741, Messiah is the most famous creation of German composer George Frederic Handel, and its performance still awes listeners more than 250 years after the composer’s death. Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said that Handel was the “greatest composer that ever lived.”
This year, the Confederation Singers include 70 members from across the community. The Singers present an interesting and varied program of music throughout the year, performing seasonal concerts on local stages and at a variety of events. Other concerts include Choral Music on a Holy Day and the popular holiday tradition Sing Along Messiah, where the audience is invited to participate.