Mendelssohn's "Elijah" - 2015 Spring Concert
On Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, the Hartford Community Chorus will present its 55th Anniversary Concert. Under the direction of Ruth Knoll, the chorus will perform “Elijah,” an oratorio written by Felix Mendelssohn. “Elijah” depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet, Elijah. This major work includes the use of a large chorus, soloists, some small ensembles and characters who tell the story.
Part One tells the account of Elijah and the people of Israel who are suffering under a severe draught. In the opening choral number the people of Israel call out to God, “Help Lord.” Throughout Part One there are numerous pleas for help, including a dramatic contest between Elijah and the priests of Baal, all culminating with the coming of rain in the glorious declaration, “Thanks Be to God!”
Part Two tells about Elijah’s journey to Mt. Horeb where he hides in a cave until he encounters God. The quiet assurance of God is expressed in “Lift Thine Eyes” and “He Watching Over Israel.” Elijah is then renewed which is expressed in “Holy is God the Lord” and finally taken up into heaven. The concert will conclude with a brilliant burst glorifying God, “And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth.” James Barany, a member of the Florentine Opera Chorus, will perform the role of Elijah.
The concert Saturday, May 2 will be at 7:30 pm at Holy Hill. There is no charge and no tickets are needed.
The site of the 3:00 pm concert on Sunday is the Schauer Center in downtown Hartford. There is no charge but tickets are required and can be reserved by calling the box office at 262-670-0560, ext. 3, Monday through Friday from 11:30 amm to 5:30 pm or Saturday 11:30 am to 2:00 pm or one hour prior to the concert.
Slideshow of 2012 Christmas Concert
Photos of our December Christmas Concert at the The Schauer Center's Ruth A. Knoll Theater. [Click image for larger version.]
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