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Mendelssohn's Elijah

  • Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 684 Purchase Street New Bedford, MA, 02740 United States (map)

Guest Artists:

Noune Karapetian, soprano

Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano

Matthew Anderson, tenor

Philip Lima, baritone

and the Rhode Island College Chorus and singers from the Sippican Choral Society and the New Bedford Choral Society

Free Concert Prelude: Join Dr. David MacKenzie for an informal talk on the concert program at 2:00pm in the Penler space, adjacent to the theater.

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Considered the equal of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, this masterful oratorio tells the dramatic story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. Known for his symphonies and concertos, this ambitious, vivid and gripping composition is one of Mendelssohn’s most familiar works and marks the climax of the young composer's career. Mendelssohn imagined Elijah as “energetic and zealous, but also stern, angry, brooding, in striking contrast to the rabble you find both in court and in the populace — indeed, up against the whole world — yet borne aloft on angels’ wings.” Tragically, not long after the hugely successful premiere, Mendelssohn died at age 38.

Earlier Event: October 8
Boston University Wind Ensemble
Later Event: November 8