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AKRON – The Akron Symphony Orchestra will bring three Akron choirs to the stage for Mendelssohn’s grand drama, Elijah, on May 6 at 8 p.m. at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.
The Symphony will be joined by the Akron Symphony Chorus, Summit Choral Society and The University of Akron Concert Choir to form a powerful 200-voice chorus for this grand drama, which has long been considered Mendelssohn’s greatest masterpiece.
Mendelssohn’s inspiration for Elijah followed the success of his first oratorio, St. Paul, and was composed in the spirit of his Baroque predecessors, Bach and Handel. It debuted in 1846 at the Birmingham Festival in England to 2,000 people, helping Mendelssohn earn a position as one of the greatest composers of sacred music.
In addition to the choirs, the performance will also feature soloists Kathryn Papa (soprano), Kim Lauritsen (mezzo-soprano), Timothy Culver (tenor), Brian Keith Johnson (bass) and Amber Cocchiola (child soloist) from the Performance Choir of the Summit Choral Society Children’s Choir Program.
The Akron Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Christopher Wilkins. The Akron Symphony Chorus and Summit Choral Society are under the direction of Marie Bucoy-Calavan.
A Preview from the Podium, featuring Maestro Wilkins discussing the evening’s program, will begin at 7 p.m.
Single tickets for Elijah are $20 to $55. Visit akronsymphony.org or call 330-535-8131 for tickets and more information. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert as long as seats are available.