“Not unlike Shakespeare’s plays, Handel’s Messiah is a work of timeless genius that offers us the opportunity to express insight and universal hope about the human condition.” – Whitney Smith, publisher/editor, musician,writer, and co-founder of B-Xalted!
A group of well-known Toronto writers – who rejoice greatly in singing – have put aside their laptops to form B-Xalted!, a choir making its debut with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah – and inviting the audience to join in singing the Hallelujah chorus.
Simon Walker conducts, with organist Andrew Adair and soloists Dallas Chorley, soprano; Rebecca Gray, alto; Charles Davidson and David Walsh, tenors, and Nicholas Borg, bass.
More information is available at , at the B-Xalted! Facebook page: , or by calling 647-823-1233.
Gowdy comments, “Our Messiah will be different from most others in that we bring to it the freshness and vigour of a choir that hasn’t sung it in concert before… a choir that hasn’t even had a concert before. There’s a fearlessness, even a recklessness, to our enterprise. So our joy comes not just from the music, but from the fact that we’re all taking a risk, and we’re taking it together.”
In addition to the founders, B-Xalted!’s members include authors and journalists Marni Jackson, Katherine Ashenburg, Sarah Sheard, and Sarah Hampson; literary biographer Johanne Clare, film writer, director Mitch Moldofsky, theatre artistic director David Craig, painter Susan Stewart, architect Cheryl Atkinson, crystal artist, designer and photographer Mark Raynes Roberts, and jazz singers Elizabeth Bettencourt, Claire Holland and Catherine Hakes. Other choir members are extremely active on arts organization boards.