MENDELSSOHN’S Elijah

Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble
The Trinity Choir & Orchestra

Richard Probert, Conductor

Christine Donahue, Soprano
Elizabeth Bouk, Alto
Jonathan English, Tenor
Drew Maphey, Boy Soprano
with

Mark Rucker, Baritone, as “Elijah”

Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah was composed in 1846 and depicts events in the life of the prophet Elijah as recorded in the Old Testament Books of the Kings. Among the events depicted are the bringing of rain to a parched Israel through Elijah’s prayers, a sacrifice to Jehovah after failed prayers by the prophets of Baal, and the ascension of Elijah into heaven on a fiery chariot. This melodrama along with stirring choruses and colorful orchestration have made Elijah popular ever since its premier. Originally composed in German, Mendelssohn had the libretto translated into English (the version used in this performance) for its premier at the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival. Scored for chorus and four soloists with symphony orchestra and organ, the part of Elijah will be sung by baritone soloist Mark Rucker, and is the oratorio’s major role. The Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Trinity Choir and Orchestra will be under the direction of Richard Probert.

“…an exquisite performance!”
-2011 NYSCA reviewer