The San Luis Obispo Master Chorale concludes its season with The Theatrical Mendelssohn: Elijah on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center SLO.

Conducted by Thomas Davies, Felix Mendelssohn’s well-loved dramatic oratorio tells the story of the prophet Elijah in a series of scenes, including the resurrection of a youth, a contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah, the plotting of Queen Jezebel against Elijah, and Elijah’s final ascension into heaven.

The leading role of Elijah will be sung by Chicago-area bass soloist Daniel Eifert. Additional soloists include soprano Elissa Johnston of Los Angeles, as well as local performers Susan Azaret Davies (contralto) and George Gorrindo (tenor).

Performed in two acts, with a dramatic overture to begin the action and a 20-minute intermission, Elijah imitates the great oratorios of Bach and Handel.

The concert is sponsored by Marti Lindholm and Allan Smith. Soloist Daniel Eifert is sponsored by Cricket Handler and Jerry Boots. Tickets are $26 to $60, and the event is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Free Educational Events

The SLO Master Chorale hosts two free educational “Beyond the Notes” events presented by Dr. Marian Wilson Kimber, Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa.

  • “Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and the Problem of a Woman in Music,” Saturday, April 22 at 7 pm at the SLO Museum of Art
  • “Felix Mendelssohn Composes His World,” Sunday, April 23 at 1:15 p.m. in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center SLO (prior to the concert)