Mendelssohn’s Elijah

In our Sunday morning, April 2, worship service, the Sanctuary Choir, orchestra and soloists will present a portion of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Elijah is one of the most popular choral/symphonic works because of its dramatic power: the choir and soloists portray every emotion – from sorrow in famine and death – to panic in the terrifying scenes on Mt. Carmel – to thankfulness and joy in the mercies of God. In 1838, Mendelssohn wrote, “I imagined Elijah as a real prophet through and through, of the kind we could really do with today: strong, zealous, and yes, even bad-tempered, angry and brooding – in contrast to the riff-raff, whether of the court or the people, and in contrast to almost the whole world – and yet borne aloft on angels’ wings.”

The humanity and faith of Elijah comes across in this music in an incredible way: in his confidence and strong faith in victory over his enemies and later in his struggles against feelings of isolation and abandonment. When Elijah goes to the mountain and listens for the voice of God, he does not hear God in the storm, the earthquake, or the fire – but in the silence. The inner journey of Elijah is the true meaning of this inspiring music.

Guest soloists include baritone Caleb Hopkins, Minister of Music at Boulevard Baptist Church and our former Herring Church Music Intern, and tenor Grant Knox, Furman faculty member and nationally known soloist in opera and oratorio. Members of the Sanctuary Choir singing solos are sopranos Amy Joye and Kerby Baier, and mezzo-soprano Melissa Burnett.

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this meaningful service of worship through music!

— Vivian