Mendelssohn’s Elijah The Choral Classics performance reprises Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which echoes Handel’s Baroque style but whose lyricism and orchestral color reflect Mendelssohn’s position as an early Romantic composer. Audiences will delight in the biblical journey of the prophet Elijah, which culminates in his dramatic ascension to heaven on a fiery chariot. Performed in collaboration with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and featuring baritone Gerard Sundberg in the title role, Mendelssohn’s masterpiece will fill the majestic space at the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. This performance includes an optional free pre-concert talk by Music Director Stephen Alltop at 6:45 p.m. The Apollo Chorus is Chicago’s oldest musical organization, founded in 1872 in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, performing preeminent choral works at premier venues. Newcity raves that "Alltop's unbroken track record for training his chorus to express such varieties of style and color rivals any other in the city!” Its approximately 120 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races, and backgrounds brought together by their love of music. The Apollo Chorus has performed at notable historic events, such as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Century of Progress International Exposition, the opening of Medinah Temple, the opening of Orchestra Hall (Apollo was considered the official chorus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra prior to the formation of the Symphony Chorus), the opening of Navy Pier, and Oprah’s final show. Recently, the chorus performed at the 125th Anniversary Gala of the Auditorium Theatre with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from the iconic musical Les Misérables. They also performed at the venue’s 1889 opening. The Apollo Chorus continually strives to advance musically and to share the power, beauty and majesty of choral music by presenting concerts and educational programs for diverse communities throughout Chicago and beyond. Season subscriptions are $100. Individual tickets are $30-$60. To purchase individual tickets or to book a group, call 312.427.5620 or visitwww.apollochorus.org.
Date & Time
March 12, 2016