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The joint presentation by the Belleville Choral Society and Quinte Symphony of Handel’s immortal “The Messiah” oratorio in Bridge Street Church Sunday afternoon was far more than just a concert. It was an inspiring experience. It began with the audience, with lineups outside the church and crowding in to overflowing, requiring dozens of extra chairs to be set up hurriedly.
Then the performance, with exciting soloists, precision choral and orchestral work and an obvious thrust to put meaning into the words, not just sing them, created a pre-Christmas mood of inspiration.
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Image: Jack Evans/For The Intelligencer Conductor Dan Tremblay, centre, goes on stage to congratulate “Messiah” soloists (left to right) soprano Larissa Koniuk, mezzo soprano Stephanie Tritchew, tenor Graham Thomson and bass baritone, Geoffrey Sirett. Members of the Belleville Choral Society are in the background.

 
 
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It was a packed house at the National Air Force Museum in Quinte West, Sunday afternoon, for Quinte Symphony’s 4th Annual Tribute To The Brave with the 8 Wing Concert Band and 8 Wing Pipes & Drums.