How to handle Messiah

A workshop/sing-along on December 6th

Stained Glass of Messiah
How to handle Messiah
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Stephane Potvin

Director Stéphane Potvin is an accomplished, creative conductor recognized for his profound and inspirational approach to music making. With over twenty years of experience, he is able to coax lyrical performances from orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles alike. Above all he loves sharing his passion for music with audiences.

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I went into a store today, heard some really terrible Christmas music, and walked right out. I thought, there has to be something better for Christmas—and indeed there is: Handel’s Messiah!

Everyone has heard at least one of the choruses or arias and wondered “What is that heavenly music?” The Hallelujah Chorus alone has been used in countless advertising campaigns and has come to symbolize, among other things, a moment of enlightenment, discovery, and majesty.

For a number of years now, every Yuletide, Musikay presents Messiah. This December we offer something extra: in preparation for our annual Messiah concert on December 20; we offer a workshop/sing-along on December 6th in Oakville.

How to handle Messiah is a unique opportunity to learn about this great work. I will present examples of different interpretations of some key selections, discuss their appeal and merit, and let you discover the secrets hidden in the music. In addition, there will be a chance to sing some of the majestic choral selections from Handel’s masterpiece, and some solos too! For anyone who has always wanted to sing that favourite solo, this is the perfect opportunity!


Whether you know Messiah intimately or you are just discovering this wonderful tour de force of baroque composition, “How to handle Messiah” is sure to provide you with knowledge and enjoyment, and it will be a perfect companion to Musikay’s performance of the complete work.

How to handle Messiah will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Oakville • 304 Spruce street (corner of Reynolds). Tickets are $30.00 and are available through Musikay’s website.


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