Since its inception, the Georgetown Bach Chorale has offered very innovative programming that is somewhat less traditional and presented in very distinctive ways. These musical presentations are not only observed through the music itself, but in the manner and locales in which the concerts take place.

The season begins with choristers stretching their wings, expanding themselves in dramatic roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. This year the Chorale’s period rendition of Handel’s Messiah will be taken on tour to the Town of Goderich, the City of Brampton, and once again to the wonderful architecture of St Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Producing a concert series requires the efforts of many creative artists and support personnel. Christmas at the house would not be complete without the decorating wizardry of Robert Hurst and the culinary wonder of Yvonne Oldaker.

It is a great pleasure to collaborate with friend of the Chorale, cellist Mary Katherine Finch, who has performed with us in various contexts since the GBC’s series began. Guest pianist, Matthew Pope, who will demonstrate his piano prowess in the music of Brahms and Chopin, is a student in Piano Performance at the University of Western Ontario. It is a teacher’s greatest reward to see one’s protégé following in his footsteps.

We look forward to sharing with you our wonderful season of music.

Ron Greidanus