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Mendelssohn classic comes alive with WAAPA

Friday, 10 August 2012


The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) presents Elijah in St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco at 7.30pm on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August 2012.

The beautiful surrounds of St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco come alive with the spiritually uplifting music of Mendelssohn’s crowd- pleasing oratorio, Elijah, thanks to the Faith Court Orchestra and Classical Vocal students and Music Director Peter Tanfield.

Depicting events in the life of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah was composed in the style of Mendelssohn’s baroque predecessors, Bach and Handel; however, the work clearly reflects, in its lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colour, Mendelssohn’s own genius as an early romantic composer. Scored for four vocal soloists, full symphony orchestra and large chorus, Elijah’s easy appeal and stirring choruses have seen it remain a popularly performed choral work.

The role of Elijah will be performed by Alex Sefton and Paull- Anthony Keightley on alternate evenings. The soloists, drawn from postgraduate and third year students, will include Isabelle Freeman, Claire Condipodero, Georgia Kokkoris, Daniel Mullaney, Grace Edwards and Rebecca Bunn.

”Perth audiences are in for a treat. The quality of the classical vocal program at WAAPA is exceptional and this beautiful work, with a full orchestra comprised of WAAPA’s instrumental students, will stir your soul.” - Professor Julie Warn, Director of WAAPA.

Thurs 9 and Fri 10 August, 7.30pm
St Joseph’s Church, 3 Salvado Road Subiaco
Tickets: Full - $24, Concession/Friends - $19
Performed by: Faith Court Orchestra and Classical Vocal students

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