Sunday, March 15, 2015
at 2:30 p.m.
Leslie Ann Bradley, Soprano
Krisztina Szabó, Mezzo-soprano
Adrian Kramer, Tenor
Jeremy Bowes, Baritone
Kingston Symphony: Evan Mitchell, Conductor
Kingston Choral Society: Ian Juby, Chorus Master
From its first performance in 1846 Elijah was hailed as the greatest oratorio since Handel's Messiah.
In 1896 George Grove confirmed that view and asked, "What more does any work of musical art require?" Grove continued: "Fortunately every additional fact that is elicited about this great composer testifies all the more to his insight, to the depth and warmth of his feelings, and to the indefatigable earnestness with which he worked until he had the entire meaning of his text and expressed it in music to the utmost of his power and with all the dramatic force that it was capable of."
Mendelssohn's choral masterpiece recounts the story of Biblical prophet Elijah with imposing grandeur through inspired orchestration, beautiful arias, dramatic recitatives, and uplifting choruses.
The program notes, in a pdf file, for the March 15th performance of Elijah are available to be viewed here.