Premiered in 1846, Elijah was an instant triumph and remains one of the most popular large works in the repertoire, both in Europe and the U.S., to the present day. Drawing on the Old Testament, and the Book of Kings in particular, Mendelssohn portrays the vivid drama inherent in the life of this prophet. Elijah, invested with enormous temporal responsibilities and subjected by divine will to unbearable torment, emerges as an imposing figure, possessing the dignity and stature of the classic tragic character. The oratorio contains a seemingly endless stream of intensely expressive arias and choruses ranging from the robust to the gently lyrical. Minneapolis baritone, Lawrence Weller, will sing the role of the central fugure of Elijah.
In addition to the concert performance of "Elijah" there will be a panel presentation. Theologians will discuss the life and legend of the prophet as a fugure present in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Others will investigate the transfer of the subject from its source in the old tradition to its creative manifestation in the work of Mendelssohn.
A Christmas Cabaret
Following the enthusicastic response given to last year's first Cabaret, the Mcc has scheuled two performances of htis festive event in its 98-99 season. Celebrate the season with gourmet dining and an array of interesting and varied music midst the colorful spleandor of the seasonal decor of the Great Hall. Great food, great music, great fun...don't miss this one. Make your reservations early for hte area's most unique holiday event!
December 11 & 12, 6:30pm
Great Hall, St John's University, Collegeville
Gloria & The Seven Last Words of Christ
Gloria by Francis Poulenc
The Seven Last Words Of Christ by Franz Josef Haydn
Initially written in 1785 as orchestral music to serve as interludes between short sermons on the Seven Last Words, Haydn later rearranged the whole work as an oratorio for chorus and orchestra, adding the passion text. In this form the composition represents one of the most reverent and poignant evocations of the solemnity of the Lenten season. Francis Poulenc's Gloria presents an elegant and contrasting 20th century companion work.
Sunday, March 14, 1999
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud
A Broadway Songbook
A Century of Great Music from The King & I to Rent, and West Side Story
For the final concert in its 98-99 season, the MCC will explore the colorful history of the music of Broadway. From the days of early vaudeville to the sometimes raucous scores of the nineties, Broadwayu has offered an unique musical pulse on Americana. George M. Cohan, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Stepen Sondheim...to name a few, have both mirrored and enriched the America scene with music which has touched us all. Join the MCC for this celebratory season finale!
Sunday, May 16, 1990
Benedicta Arts Center, St. Joseph
P.O. Box 471
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