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Bay of Islands Musical Arts will celebrate the season with ‘Handel’s Messiah’

Corner Brook’s Wendy Woodland is seen directing the chorus of singers who participated in a flash mob scene Saturday at Colemans at the Gardens to promote “Handel’s Messiah.”
Corner Brook’s Wendy Woodland is seen directing the chorus of singers who participated in a flash mob scene Saturday at Colemans at the Gardens to promote “Handel’s Messiah.” - Dave Kearsey

Bay of Islands Musical Arts is giving people a chance to celebrate Christmas in song.

The local group will present “Handel’s Messiah” Wednesday 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Church on Main Street in Corner Brook.

The show, with Jennifer Matthews as artistic director and Darren Hancock as conductor, will feature local talent from the community participating in the choir and a number of professional singers as soloists.

Michaela O’Connor, who studied under Matthews, will be returning to the soprano part.

Kendra Wheeler, who has been studying voice at the Memorial School of Music, will perform the alto and Oliver Dingwall, who completed his tenor studies at MUN, is the doing the tenor solo.

Ian Locke, a Corner Brook native, is the bass soloist for the show.

Locke, who was among the dozens of singers who participated in a flash mob event at Colemans at the Gardens Saturday to promote the show, is excited about being part of

a sacred piece of classical music for one of the oldest Christmas shows.

“It’s very much a spiritual story through song,” Locke said.

Members of the community join in a flash mob event at Coleman at the Gardens Friday for the promotion of “Handel’s Messiah” being held Wednesday.
Members of the community join in a flash mob event at Coleman at the Gardens Friday for the promotion of “Handel’s Messiah” being held Wednesday.

 

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