Paula DeWit conducts at a Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. The orchestra presents a concert in Abbotsford on Dec. 13.

Paula DeWit conducts at a Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. The orchestra presents a concert in Abbotsford on Dec. 13.

Symphony and guests present Handel’s Messiah in Abbotsford

Messiah in the Valley performed Dec. 13 by Chilliwack Symphony and friends

A concert titled Messiah in the Valley takes place in Abbotsford on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert – directed by Paula DeWit – is presented at St. James Church (2777 Townline Rd.) by the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir, Belle Voci and four soloists.

The soloists are soprano Colleen Donnelly, the daughter of Vancouver Canucks O Canada singer Mark Donnelly; tenor Tyler Fawcett; bass-baritone David Rosborough; and counter-tenor Shane Hanson.

Messiah is Handel’s most beloved choral masterpiece.

It transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries with its message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice. It also contains some of the most uplifting, touching, and magnificent music ever composed.

Although the subject material of Messiah is drawn from Christian doctrine and musically narrates the life story of Christ, considerable numbers of people from a variety of cultures and beliefs consider the work to be one of their most cherished holiday customs.

The concert also takes place Dec. 14 in Chilliwack, Dec. 15 in Langley and Dec. 16 in Aldergrove.

Visit chilliwacksymphony.com for exact locations or to purchase tickets.

Tickets start at $15 and are also available by phone at 604-795-0521, at King’s Music in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and at the door.

Admission to the Aldergrove performance is by donation.