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Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Saturday, March 4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.

in Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Dr. Jeffrey Sposato, Musicologist
University of Illinois Oratorio Society and University of Illinois Chamber Singers, Andrew Megill, Director
Stephen Morscheck, Elijah
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Leah Dexter, mezzo-soprano
Steven Soph, tenor
Maggie McCabe, treble

Mendelssohn’s portrayal of the prophet Elijah is one of the most dramatic works in the oratorio repertoire. In a flow of stirring choruses, heart-felt arias and theatrical interplay, Mendelssohn’s considerable gifts as a composer of vocal music are on full display. CUSO is joined by a stellar cast of soloists and the University of Illinois Oratorio Society to perform Elijah in all its force and majesty at what is sure to be one of the season’s greatest musical events.

$40 standard/$36 senior/$10 youth, student of any age


Panel Discussion on Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Admission: free

Orchestral Rehearsal Room on Level 2, Krannert Center
Dr. Jeffrey Sposato, Musicologist
Dr. Stephen Alltop, Music Director and Conductor, CUSO
Dr. Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities, Univ. of Illinois

Learn more about Mendelssohn and his music! Dr. Jeffrey Sposato, Professor of Musicology and Director of the School of Music, University of Illinois, will lead an in-depth discussion about the historical background of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and its meaning in today’s musical world. Dr. Sposato is a Mendelssohn scholar and the author of “The Price of Assimilation: Felix Mendelssohn and the Nineteenth-Century Anti- Semitic Tradition” (Oxford, 2006), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2006 and a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award finalist.

Admission to the afternoon pre-concert talk is free. The Orchestral Rehearsal Room is located on Level 2 of Krannert Center. Park for free in the North Parking Garage, take the elevator or the stairs to Level 2 and follow the signs. Download a map here.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

At this time, neither masking nor proof of vaccination or a negative test are required to attend performances at Krannert Center. Changes would take place if and when appropriate and would be posted on the Krannert Center website, accessed here.