The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah

In honour of the joyful holiday season that is now upon us, The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Rosemary Thomson are excited to present Handel’s iconic choral work, Messiah.

Messiah has stood the test of time as one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, with its beautiful arias, brilliant choruses and imaginative orchestration. For many, it has become a part of Christmas holiday tradition, despite the fact that Handel had originally written the piece to be performed at Easter!

On stage with the OSO for these performances will be the OSO’s own Okanagan Symphony Chorus, made up of singers from throughout the valley, and generously sponsored by Nixon Wenger LLP.

In addition, we welcome four incredible soloists to our stages: Soprano Kallie Clayton; Counter Tenor Shane Hanson; Tenor Owen McCausland and Bass-Baritone Stephen Hegedus.

Messiah also holds a special place in Music Director Rosemary Thomson’s heart. She has sung in the chorus at least fifteen times, sung some of the soprano solos, played harpsichord, played cello, prepared the chorus, and conducted this masterpiece many times. “Messiah was actually the very first piece that I conducted with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra back in 1999. A special one for me, indeed.”

Performance and ticket information are as follows;

Kelowna Community Theatre / Friday, December 20, 7:30pm
Kelowna Tickets 250.862.2867

Penticton Cleland Theatre / Saturday, December 21, 7:30pm
Kelowna Tickets 888.974.9170

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre / Sunday, December 22, 2:00pm
Ticket Seller – 250.549.7469.

More information about Messiah and links to ticket purchase are also available online at

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