Most citizens of Milton cannot recall a time without at least one annual concert featuring the glorious, high quality singing of the Milton Choristers. Director of Marketing, Stephanie Kimmerer said “We just started our 49th season and a special committee is already hard at work planning our 50th Anniversary season. Our 50th Anniversary Concert in December 2018 will be a HUGE event in Milton! But we need support before then.”

The First Ontario Arts Centre info page about the Milton Chorister’s concert of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ on December 2nd, 2017 says: “…with members of the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director Rachel Cleland guides the Choristers through this challenging oratorio. Accompanist Susan Edmonds and soloists Kirsten Pelchat, Cassandra Warner, Paul Williamson and Todd Wieczorek complete the musical company required to give this work the treatment it deserves. Traditionally performed at Christmas, this composition recounts the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Come, celebrate the music with us! “

“Some exciting things have happened recently!” Stephanie announced, “We hired a new Artistic Director, Rachel Cleland. She is a classically-trained opera singer and she currently conducts the Guelph Community Choir. She’s been at its helm for 6 years and has taken it from 45 to 100 voices in that time! She is a real crackerjack, full of energy and enthusiasm and the choir has enjoyed working with her since the first week of September.

“In addition, we made a significant effort to increase our membership this year. Our efforts paid off as we went from approximately 30 voices to 58 voices! Therefore, our performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ will be heard in Collingwood!”

“We will be accompanied by members of the Milton Philharmonic Orchestra. It is awesome to watch and listen as the trumpets announce the coming of angels. The lyrical violins play a really big part as an extra voice that echoes the singing of the choir. The kettle drums (tympani) make the stage vibrate! The entire performance is a stunning experience for the choir as well as the audience.”

For the first time this year, tickets to the Choristers’ performance will be offered to Seniors at a lower cost of $20. Adult tickets will still be $25 and Students (5 to 17) will be $5.

“The Choristers invite you to come celebrate the music with them!” emphasized Stephanie Kimmerer, and added: “Hallelujah!”
Photo by: Denise Cooperwhite

Jenny Panda

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