FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Elijah, Op. 70
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.
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.