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March 12, 2013 > Symphonic Choir presents 'Elijah'

Symphonic Choir presents 'Elijah'

Submitted By Pamela McCulloch

On March 17, San Jose Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Maestro Leroy Kromm, will perform Felix Mendelssohn's acclaimed oratorio "Elijah" in downtown San Jose's beautiful California Theatre. The 135-voice choir will be joined by Peter Tuff, baritone, ("...a burnished and expressive singer..." Richard Scheinin) singing the role of Elijah, and Bay Area favorite and Opera San Jose alumnus Christopher Bengochea, tenor, as Obadiah. Also featured will be Yemonja Stanley, soprano; Cassandra Cardenas, mezzo soprano; members of Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose; and the Nova Vista Symphony.

Fremont sopranos, Sharon Xavier de Sousa (soprano section leader), Louise Xavier (90 years young), and Pearl Gunsell will also be joining forces with the San Jose Symphonic Choir for this performance. This marks their 10th year with the choir, the oldest community choral group in California (founded in 1924).

Mendelssohn's operatic setting of the Old Testament story about the prophet Elijah was heralded as both a critical and popular success from its very first performance on August 26, 1846 in Birmingham, England. Melodious, dramatic, and reminiscent of works by J.S. Bach and George F. Handel, both of whom Mendelssohn idolized, it remains one of the world's most beloved oratorios.

San Jose Symphonic Choir is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, by a grant from the Farrington Foundation, and is funded by Applied Materials Excellence In The Arts Grants, a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley.

Tickets are $30 general; $24 for senior, military, student; and $20 group rate (10 or more). Contact the Symphony Silicon Valley box office at (408) 286-2600, ext. 23. The box office is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah
Sunday, Mar 17
3 p.m.
California Theatre
345 South First St., San Jose
(408) 286-2600, ext. 23
Tickets: $20 - $30

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