Messing with Messiah

Trish Crawford, Toronto Star

Noel Edison, artistic director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir says he has no problem with unconventional approaches to   The Messiah  but, when he leads his singers on their five days with the TSO’s program, he is strictly on the side of tradition.

“I’m too conservative,” Edison admits. Besides, he says, it doesn’t need embellishment. Handel “has so intimately, honestly and elegantly placed the text with the music, that it comes alive.”

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