SunTrust Classical Series

Mendelssohn's "Elijah"

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Little room was left to dwell on past eras in the revolutionary blitz that encompassed Felix Mendelssohn’s short-lived career. Timeframes be damned, the German composer secured significant room in his 38 years to promote and expound on those before him. Rehashing the traditional storytelling of oratorios, Mendelssohn’s inspiration came from previously popularized narratives such as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah. But Mendelssohn’s romantic spin conveys a far less sensationalized biblical character. Elijah passionately illustrates the life of the eponymous Old Testament icon, a prophet whose prayers made it rain both literally and figuratively, and who managed to depart the physical world on a flaming chariot. Jarring miracles aside, the composition was a catalyst in reviving the relevance of the oratorio. 

—MATT FOX

Fri, May 10 | 8:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
$39.00 - $109.00
[Venue Details]

Nicholas McGegan

Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire England  |  Classical



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