Early Music Vancouver (EMV) brings the energy and drama of its first-ever production of Handel’s Messiah to audiences in White Rock and Vancouver this holiday season.

“Since almost everyone is familiar with Handel’s Messiah, it is easy to forget that it is one of the world’s most famous works of classical music for a reason, it is utterly fabulous music,” says EMV executive and artistic director, Matthew White. “Its effect can be really surprising to people who mostly associate it as background music to accompany Christmas shopping.”

Here are five reasons you should see it:

Bringing new life to a timeless classic

Music director and harpsichordist, Alexander Weimann, will lead the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four internationally acclaimed vocalists in this production.

Four international soloists take to the stage

Audiences will have the chance to see some of the most respected baroque specialists in the world, including Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor), and Tyler Duncan (baritone).

275 years in the making

Enjoy a work that has been astonishing audiences for 275 years with this baroque masterpiece, performed with period instruments.

Period instruments bring a new experience for audiences

EMV’s presentation of Messiah will demonstrate how the experience can change dramatically for the audience when period instruments are used, and the sheer number of musicians is reduced.

An unbroken tradition since 1742

Handel’s Messiah is one of the most iconic pieces of the classical repertoire and has an unbroken performance tradition dating back to its debut performance in 1742.

Handel’s Messiah plays the White Rock Baptist Church on November 30 and the Vancouver Playhouse on December 2. Visit http://earlymusic.bc.ca for tickets and information.