Video Story: Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra will perform "Elijah" May 3&4
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 14:04
UPDATE: The time has been changed from 8 p.m. to 7p.m.
Students have the opportunity to see the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Music Program collaborate to perform “Elijah” of Felix Mendelssohn at the Performing Arts Center on May 3rd and May 4th.
Mendelssohn’s oratorio, “Elijah,” tells a sacred story of the life of a biblical prophet from Israel, named Elijah, which is a story taken from the Old Testament. It is a large-scale composition that features solo voices, a chorus, and an orchestra.
This particular piece of music was written in 1846, specifically for the Birmingham Festival, which was the longest-running classical musical festival at the time.
James Song, director of the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra, believes that this is a great opportunity for students to come out and hear their colleagues perform great, classical music.
Song regards “Elijah” to be one of the world’s most famous and well-known oratorios of all time.
“Its not everyday that you get to hear a magnificent piece of work like this performed live, especially for a community college,” said Song.
Gayane Pogosyan, a blind violinist, said she truly enjoys playing in the orchestra. She uses music as an outlet for creativity.
“I am so fortunate to be given the opportunity to be a part of this orchestra,” said Pogosyan. “I love what I do and I can’t wait until our next performance.”
Vail Keck, director of the Choral Music Program, stated that “Elijah” will feature a choir ensemble as well as four vocal soloists. The solo parts will be carried out by two males; a tenor and base, and two females; an alto and soprano.
“I’ve been pleased to discover the wealth of musical talent that exists in this area,” said Keck.
Amrit Beaty, 19, Moorpark College student and musician, is planning on attending the “Elijah” production.
“I’ve seen the orchestra perform before and they’re amazing,” said Beaty. “So I’m sure the collaboration of the choir and orchestra will make for an even more amazing show.”
Together, the Moorpark College Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Music Program will put on two harmonious evenings for their audience to experience and enjoy . The event will be held on a Friday and Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
Adult tickets are $15, students, staff, children, and seniors, $10.
For those interested, tickets are available online at MoorparkCollege.edu for 20% off.
For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office, or visit moorparkcollege.edu/PAC.