- Aradia Ensemble presents The Dublin Messiah
- When: Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: St. Anne’s Church
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- C$20 for one ticket (up to C$38.09 value)
- C$35 for two tickets (up to C$66.18 value)
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student or senior discounts.
The Dublin Messiah
Handel’s baroque oratorio has gotten audiences in the yuletide spirit for centuries. With its famed Hallelujah Chorus at the center, the work tells the story of the first Christmas using English lyrics, jubilant harmonies, and rich orchestration. But although its melodies and shape-shifting dynamic are part of the piece’s signature, conductors traditionally make the work their own by tailoring and cutting portions. In his presentation of The Dublin Messiah, Aradia Ensemble conductor Kevin Mallon returns to the work’s roots, offering a note-for-note recreation of the oratorio’s 1742 debut.
Featuring four soloists, Aradia’s version has itself become a Toronto tradition. Now in its sixth year, it highlights Handel’s artistic intent while discrediting claims that his only intent was to boogie. During the piece’s debut, its theatricality raised the eyebrows of a few locals—including Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift. Swift, also a choral leader, said he was reticent to have his singers “assist at a club of fiddlers,” but he, along with other choral fans, came around when they heard how moving the piece truly was.
With period instruments in hand, the musicians of the Aradia Ensemble have spent the last two decades breathing new life into the music of the Baroque. In addition to a regular concert series that mixes beloved classics with oft-overlooked gems, the ensemble frequently pairs with dancers, actors, and non-classical musicians to create unusual juxtapositions that shed light on the intricacies of the baroque style and make 18th-century ghosts wish they'd known about zithers. Under the baton of maestro Kevin Mallon, the group has recently earned a Juno nomination and garnered acclaim for its annual Dublin Messiah, a recreation of the original Dublin performance of Handel's seminal Christmas piece in 1742.