2023 Winter Concert: The Long-Expected Messiah

Date(s) - November 26, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Evangelical Chinese Bible Church

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Vancouver Oratorio Society – VOS cordially invites you to attend our 2023 Winter Concert on Sunday, November 26, 7:30 pm at Evangelical Chinese Bible Church, 5110 Marine Drive, Burnaby, BC.


  • George Frideric Handel – Messiah Part I & Hallelujah chorus
  • Dan Forrest (arr) – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  • Larry Shackley (arr) – Christmas Day in the Morning
  • Adolphe Adam – O Holy Night
  • David Pak Lun Yeung – Because of Love
  • Peter Pui Tat Kam – Endures Forever
  • Howard Helvey – O Lux Beatissima
  • David Willcocks (arr) – Ding Dong! Merrily on High

Move about the Program:
The first part of Messiah is titled ‘Nativity’. In this set of orchestral music, solos and chorus, Handel skillfully presents various biblical themes, including the comfort in darkness, the prophecy of the Savior’s birth, the scene of the shepherds in the fields, and the joy and blessings brought by the Savior. ‘Hallelujah’ is one of the most famous piece in choral repertoire. With its grandeur and majestic style, it evokes a profound sense of reverence and leaves an unforgettable impression.

Our selection of sacred music includes three wonderful arrangements of traditional Christmas carols that are familiar to all. These melodies include ‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus’ arranged by Dan Forrest, ‘Christmas Day in the Morning’ arranged by Larry Shackley, and ‘O Holy Night’ composed by Adolphe Adam. In addition to all these classics, we also have included two Chinese works ‘Because of Love’ and ‘Last Forever’. Both pieces portray God’s profound love and prompt the audience to respond in commitment and adoration.

VOS Chamber Choir will perform Howard Helvey’s serene composition, ‘O Lux Beatissima’ and David Willcocks’ arrangement of ‘Ding Dong! Merrily on High,’ brimming with a lively and cheerful atmosphere.

Our Wish:
Under the baton of Kemuel Wong, our principal conductor, VOS hopes that this winter, we can share beautiful music with you and also reflect on the joy and hope brought by the birth of our Savior, Jesus. May God’s gift of music enable us to embrace this year’s Christmas with faith and face new challenges in this turbulent era with confidence.

Principle Conductor: Kemuel Wong
VOS Choir, VOS Chamber Singers and VOS Chamber Orchestra
Free Admission. Donations are appreciated.
Enquiries: 604-200-8008 | [email protected] | http://www.vancouveroratorio.org/

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