American Bach Soloists: Alexander’s Feast

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/27/2016
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
First Congregational Church


Based on a poem by John Dryden, subtitled “The Power of Music,” Handel’s ode, Alexander’s Feast, recounts a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the conquered city of Persepolis. The musician Timotheus moves the great military commander through a course of emotions until he is compelled to seek revenge for his perished Greek soldiers, killed by the armies of the Persian King Darius III. Handel’s richly scored setting expresses the narrative in a direct manner that is, at times, surprising in its intensity. This evening-length work of some of the composer’s most ambitious and glorious vocal and choral music will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir and an outstanding trio of vocal soloists, including the Subscription Season debut of soprano Anna Gorbachyova. Following Handel’s tradition of inserting instrumental concertos between the work’s different parts, ABS will perform his Concerto Grosso in C Major and Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major.

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