Selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah

Featuring the JMU Madison Singers, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, February 21 @ 2 pm



Come enjoy one of the epic choral masterworks of all time! When Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Op. 70) premiered in Birmingham, England in 1846, it joined the triumvirate of great oratorio masterworks alongside Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation. The work depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, and is based on Mendelssohn’s own libretto compiled from 1 Kings, Psalms and other Old Testament books. Focused on overarching themes of reconciliation and brotherhood, he employed two musical forms: the chorale and large instrumental works with chorale-like finales. Mendelssohn’s lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colors clearly reflect his genius as an early Romantic composer. 


  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!