On 26 November, the Brussels Choral Society will join forces with Arti Vocali from Antwerp and with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Eric Delson, to perform Mendelssohn’s ELIAS/ELIJAH in the Henry Le Boeuf Hall at the BOZAR, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 BRUSSELS.
Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio about the prophet Elias has been a favourite of choirs and audiences ever since the composer himself conducted the premiere (in English) at the Birmingham Festival in 1846.
The oratorio is the vivid portrayal of Elias, who opens the piece with a curse bringing a drought upon the faithless Israelites. He urges them to renounce the idol worship of the god Baal, promoted by King Ahab, and to return to the Lord. Despair, cruelty, relief and mercy all play their part in the story until the turmoil is finally resolved.
The performance starts at 20h00 and you can find out more on ticket pricing here. Discounts are available if you sign up to become a ‘Friend of BCS’. There will also be a performance on 18 December at deSingel in Antwerp.
The Brussels Choral Society (BCS) is an amazing 100-strong symphony choir counting more than 20 nationalities amongst its members and represents the best of international cooperation on a musical level.
Originally established by Brits in Brussels, there is still a strong backbone of British choral tradition in the choir and the society maintains links with London choirs and orchestras, the Albert Hall, and Ely and Guildford Cathedrals.