The Vancouver Bach Choir continues its 85th season with two Christmas concerts at the Orpheum Theatre this holiday season­: Christmas with the Bach Choir and Handel’s Messiah. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Christmas with the Bach Choir is an opportunity for audiences of all ages to enjoy a celebratory afternoon of Christmas favourites and other seasonal works. The concert brings together more than 400 singers of the entire Bach Choir family including the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, Youth Choir & Sarabande, alongside the internationally renowned symphonic adult choir.

2. Returning to the stage for Christmas with the Bach Choir is exceptional organist Ellen Ay-Laung Wang, and the BC-based quintet A Touch of Brass.

3. Vancouver Bach Choir and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra join forces for Handel’s Messiah and welcome an ensemble of four celebrated Canadian soloists: Simone Osborne, Susan Platts, Andrew Haji, and Daniel Okulitch.

4. This is the first time that Canadian opera stars Simone Osborne and Daniel Okulitch will perform Messiah.

5. In the 85-year history of the Vancouver Bach Choir, no single work has been more performed, or more well-loved, than Handel’s Messiah.

Christmas with the Bach Choir (Dec 6) and Handel’s Messiah (Dec 12) both play the Orpheum Theatre. Visit for tickets and information.