Members of the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Choir are currently rehearsing for upcoming performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.”
The performances, presented by Cerro Coso College under the baton of the Felici Trio’s Brian Schuldt, will be held Friday, Nov. 19 at the Neighborhood Church in Bishop, and Saturday, Nov. 20 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mammoth Lakes. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stephanie Everson is the choral director.
According to the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra and Choir, “Elijah” is the most popular of all Mendelssohn’s compositions. The work was finished in 1846, and was first performed Aug. 18 of that year, at the Birmingham (England) Festival. Although originally composed in German, it was sung in English at its premier. The Eastern Sierra performance will also be in English.
“Together with Haydn’s ‘Creation’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ ‘Elijah’ is considered one of the three great oratorios of all time,” a spokesperson said. “Like other Eastern Sierra performances of ‘Messiah,’ the lengthy ‘Elijah’ has been revised to a one-hour performance. The prominent scenes treated in the Eastern Sierra’s performance of the oratorio are the drought prophecy, the rival sacrifices, the appearance of the rain in answer to Elijah’s appeal, the sojourn in the desert, his return, and the Finale.”