Esther & Jonah

 

 
 
 
 
Feb 16, 2018
Ars Lyrica Houston / Zilkha Hall

Produced in collaboration with Bach Society Houston as part of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival, this program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel's Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted's Jonah (1775). With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel's first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine's ultimate victory over the forces of evil. Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born to an English family in Jamaica in the early 1740s. His concise setting of the story of Jonah and the whale is the first American oratorio.
 

Sarah Brailey: soprano
Eduardo Tercero: tenor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen: countertenor
Bach Choir Houston

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