Wonder, Intrigue, Redemption

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Felix Mendelssohn

Resurrection of a dead youth. The worship of false idols that draws God’s wrath. A dramatic contest of the gods and a fiery chariot that takes a prophet into the heavens. Welcome to Mendelssohn’s Elijah, an oratorio filled with wonder, intrigue, and redemption.

From its first performance in 1946 at the Birmingham Festival in England, the work was a triumph and it remains hugely popular today. SVC Music Director and Conductor William Payn describes the oratorio as a “dramatic, powerful statement,” that provides a uniquely enjoyable and satisfying experience for singers and listeners alike.

German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family in 1809, a time of virulent German anti-Semitism. Like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart before him, Mendelssohn was regarded as a child prodigy. He made his first public concert appearance at age nine and during his teen years composed several full symphonies that demonstrated the power of his genius. Mendelssohn idolized Johann Sebastian Bach—then little known outside of northern Germany—and helped catapult Bach’s popularity throughout Europe. Mendelssohn died at the age of 38 after several years of ill health. Elijah was last sung by the Chorale in 1999 for our 30th anniversary celebration.

Our 45th anniversary encore presentation features full orchestra, youth soloist Rachel Wakeman, and four world-class guest soloists. Make plans now to attend this most memorable event!

Fall Concert: Elijah
Saturday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m.

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