Noosa Chorale and Bendigo Bank will present Elijah on 14 October. Mendelssohn's Elijah is one of the great choral works, magnificent in the epic quality of its story and in the majesty and beauty of its music.
Elijah will be a huge production. The 70 singers in Noosa Chorale will be accompanied by an orchestra of 36 musicians.
After the first performance in the Birmingham Town Hall in 1846, a critic in the Times reported unabashedly, "Never was there a more complete triumph - never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art." Its drama, easy appeal and stirring choruses have been the basis of countless successful performances ever since.
Music Director, Adrian King, demonstrated his excellent musicianship to Noosa audiences when he conducted the Chorale's May concert 'An Evening with John Rutter'.
He has conducted many great choral works, including thrilling performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and he is greatly looking forward to bringing the richness and excitement of Mendelssohn's great oratorio to Noosa.
"Elijah is no doubt one of the most dramatic, stirring, exhilarating and programmatic pieces of music of the Romantic era," said Adrian
Mendelssohn's Elijah is about Israel keeping true to its unique identity. Elijah spurs on Israel to remain true to Yahweh and to forsake false gods. Natural catastrophes such as drought become the testing grounds of divine power in Elijah's struggle. Like all great tragedies, it has moments of sadness, despair, suspense, triumph and joy. It is a truly inspirational piece.
Noosa Chorale welcomes back mezzo soprano, Sophie Wotton and tenor, Timothy Marchmont, who both sang in Noosa Chorale's Noosa Longweekend performance of Beethoven's Choral Symphony in 2004. The role of Elijah will be sung by bass, Brett Holland, who is a familiar face on the operatic and oratorio stage in Brisbane. Sarah Sullivan, winner of the Opera Australia Foundation Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship, will bring to the soprano role the benefit of extensive experience singing with British opera companies.
Noosa Chorale will perform Elijah on Sunday 14 October at 4pm in the Bicentennial Hall.
Noosa Chorale appreciates the support of Bendigo Bank as a sponsor for Elijah and for Christmas Cheer which the Chorale will perform in December.
Tickets are $28, with concessions and early birds at $24 and school students $12. The early bird offer ends 30 September.
For tickets phone 5473 0545, mob 0412 554 635 or purchase from
- Mary Ryan Bookshop, Hastings Street;
- Written Dimension Bookshop, The Junction;
- River Read, Thomas Street Noosaville and
- Lady Bird Flowers and Gifts, Tewantin