Elijah - Felix Mendelssohn

Event time: 
Friday, April 11, 2008 - 4:00pm
Event description: 

Helmuth Rilling Conducts Mendelssohn’s Elijah


Yale Camerata, Marguerite L. Brooks, director

Yale Glee Club, Jeffrey Douma, director

Yale Philharmonia, Shinik Hahm, director

Yale Voxtet, James Taylor, director

Elizabeth Keusch, soprano

Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano

James Taylor, tenor

Nathan Berg, bass

Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street, New Haven

Free tickets at the door. For information, call 203 / 432-4158.


Pre-concert talk by Peter Mercer-Taylor

6:30 PM / Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven

Helmuth Rilling, the world renowned conductor, teacher, and scholar, will lead Yale ensembles in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah sung in German on Friday, April 11 at 8 PM in Woolsey Hall (corner College and Grove) in New Haven. Elijah occupies a unique place among Mendelssohn’s works, telling the dramatic tale of the trials of the biblical prophet, with music combining the Baroque essence of Bach with the romantic grandeur of the nineteenth century oratorio.

The Yale Camerata, directed by Marguerite L. Brooks; the Yale Glee Club, directed by Jeffrey Douma; and the Yale Philharmonia, directed by Shinik Hahm, will perform, together with the Yale Voxtet, led by James Taylor, and vocal soloists Elizabeth Keusch, soprano; Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo-soprano; James Taylor, tenor; and Nathan Berg, bass.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 6:30 in Sprague Memorial Hall by Peter Mercer-Taylor of the University of Minnesota, entitled “A Still, Small Voice”: Listening for the Private Mendelssohn in Elijah.

Tickets for the concert are free, available at the door beginning at 7 PM the night of the concert. Those attending the lecture in Sprague Hall will be given a ticket.

Helmuth Rilling is known internationally for his lecture/concerts, as well as for his more than 100 recordings on the Vox, Nonesuch, Columbia, Nippon, CBS, and Turnabout labels. He now records exclusively for Hänssler, for whom he has recorded the complete works of J.S. Bach on 172 CDs. Rilling is the founder of the acclaimed Gächinger Kantorei, the Oregon Bach Festival, the International Bach Academy (Stuttgart), which has been awarded the UNESCO Music Prize, and academies in Buenos Aires, Cracow, Prague, Moscow, Budapest, Santiago de Compostela, and Tokyo. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Grammy award and the Theodor Heuss Prize for advancing internationalunderstanding, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The concert is presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale School of Music, and Yale Glee Club. Further information is online at www.yale.edu/music or at 203-432-4158.