by ROS ~ August 27th, 2015. Filed under: Group Description.

The Rochester Oratorio Society celebrates its 70th season of concerts with a grand production of the most famous piece of choral music after Messiah: the oratorio ELIJAH by German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M. at the Hochstein Performance Hall. Tickets ($25 general admission, $20 in advance) are available through www.ROSsings.org, Brown Paper Tickets http://bpt.me/2156399 or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.

Singing the title role is world-renowned bass baritone, Eastman School of Music faculty member, JAN OPALACH, leading a cast of professional soloists with strong Rochester ties, including soprano ELENA O’CONNOR; KATIE HANNIGAN, mezzo-soprano, GRANT KNOX, tenor. ERIC TOWNELL conducts the fully-professional ROS Orchestra.

The project marks a first-ever collaboration with the newly-formed Humanities Center at the University of Rochester. Entitled “Mendelssohn and his world,” the month-long festival explores the music, the life and times of composer Felix Mendelssohn. Guest scholars and local experts present panel discussions, museum visits and a chat with the artists preceding the ROS performance of his majestic oratorio ELIJAH on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall.

Details of the presentations, which are free and open to the public, may be found at the ROS web site, www.ROSsings.org and at www.rochester.edu/College/humanities/

The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. The ROS has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI’s “Voices” series; collaborated with the region’s finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated a solo vocal competition of national stature which continues to this day (Classical Idol). Information on all Oratorio Society events is at www.ROSsings.org.


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