Larimer Chorale Opens 41st Season with Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

Larimer Chorale Present Elijah, Fort Collins, Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                          October 6, 2017

Larimer Chorale Opens 41st Season with Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

October 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm; Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

To launch its Prophets, Preachers, and Poets season, the Larimer Chorale will present Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn. Perhaps the greatest of all nineteenth century oratorios, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah tells the story of the Old Testament prophet who is charged with returning the people of Israel to the favor of God. From its imaginative orchestration, to the beauty of its arias and the power of its choruses, to the dramatic portrayal of Elijah himself, this composition deserves its place as one of the greatest choral masterworks of all time. “Sung in English, with the soloists and chorale playing characters in the story, this is a very accessible work of art”, says Wendy White, Executive Director of the Larimer Chorale.  “It’s a story very relevant to today – after all, it includes drought, famine, fire, rain, an epic battle between Gods, mercy and hope, and a fiery chariot ascending to heaven in a whirlwind.  The story has great characters – Elijah, Jezebel, Obadiah – and the chorale takes on roles as angels, the people of Israel, .and the priests of Baal.  There is even a subplot about fake news as Jezebel spreads rumors about Elijah.”

In his program notes, the Larimer Chorale’s Conductor and Artistic Director, Michael Todd Krueger, explains that the premier of Elijah, August 26, 1846, was a complete success and the work received thorough and speedy recognition as a masterpiece.  “It was the triumphant reception of Elijah that anointed Mendelssohn as the true successor to the ever-popular George Frideric Handel in the eyes of his contemporaries - and among later generations in England. Elijah would elevate Mendelssohn to superstar status that in England, endures to this day.”

The Larimer Chorale will perform this choral masterwork with a full orchestra.  Soloists include Malcolm Ulbrick (Elijah), baritone; Karen Lauer-Anderson (Widow/Angel), soprano; Meghan Dawson (Queen Jezebel/Angel), mezzo-soprano; and Leandro Lacava (Obadiah, King Ahab), tenor.  Members of the Larimer Chorale will fill other solo roles: Stephanie Lilley, soprano; Sabrina Miller, soprano (The Youth); Beth Chaudhri, mezzo-soprano; and Lee Cord, tenor.  Soloist biographies are available at www.larimerchorale.org.

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What: The Larimer Chorale presents Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

When/Where:  October 29, 3:00 pm, the Lincoln Center

Tickets:  Available from the Lincoln Center Ticket Office, http://www.lctix.com/elijah or 970-221-6730

To arrange interviews with Michael Krueger or the soloists, please contact Wendy White at 970-227-7665 or wwhite-larimerchorale@comcast.net.

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About The Larimer Chorale:

The Larimer Chorale is one of the largest and most accomplished avocational choral ensembles in the Rocky Mountain Region. We are an auditioned, adult choir that was created by our community, for our community. Through our concerts, events, and outreach activities, we actively demonstrate that singing is a life-long endeavor that brings fulfillment and enrichment to singers and audiences alike. We sing for the joy it brings to us and our audiences and out of a deep dedication to music and our community. To learn more about the Larimer Chorale, visit www.larimerchorale.org.