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Electric Messiah

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Never the same two years in a row, our Electric Messiah re-imagines Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from different genres to create a feast of musical styles for curious listeners. Genres range from classical to jazz, improv, hip-hop and soul with a cast of vocal soloists, electric organ, harpsichord and guitar, synthesizer, turntables and hypnotic dance.

A new annual tradition in Toronto, this newest offering features the world premiere of a new interpolation Body by Ontario composer Lieke van der Voort.  Body is inspired by Messiah’s libretto; in her new work, van der Voort aims to shift the focus from the obvious spiritual side of Messiah to the more visceral.


Rob Kempson, director; Adam Scime, music director and sound design; Lindsay McIntyre, soprano; Elizabeth Shepherd, mezzo; Andrew Adridge, bass    


A complete reimagining of George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah”, with new music composed and improvised by Adam Scime and the new interpolation by Lieke van der Voort called “Body”.