AtG's Messiah: a preview

AtG's Messiah: a preview

Against the Grain Theatre is revisiting its innovative, "smash-success" production of Handel's Messiah, this time at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, in partnership with the Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. Conducted by AtG Music Director Christopher Mokrzewski and choreographed by Artistic Director Joel Ivany and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Nichols, Messiah features four Canadian soloists: Miriam Khalil, Andrea Ludwig, Owen McCausland, and Stephen Hegedus.

We caught a few moments of rehearsal, and chatted with the soloists and a few keen chorus members about adding movement and new meaning to Handel's masterpiece. For details and ticket information for AtG's Messiah, follow the box office links below.

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Jenna Simeonov

Jenna Simeonov

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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    AtG's Messiah

    It’s back! We’re shaking the dust off the Handel favourite and remounting our barefoot, costumed, choreographed musical work in a surprise venue: the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in partnership with the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall.

    In 2013, we drew critical praise when we debuted our refreshed Messiah at the east-end rock hall, The Opera House. Handel’s score remained intact, but we ditched the “stand and deliver” performance, tuxedos and choral folders, and mounted a barefoot, choreographed oratorio — one which walked the line between edgy and faithful. (And one that audiences could enjoy with a beer and poutine.) Now, AtG Artistic Director Joel Ivany and Music Director Topher Mokrzewski reteam with choreographer Jennifer Nichols to give the piece new movement. This is not your grandma’s Messiah (but she would love it, so bring her).


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