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OCU Choruses Perform "Elijiah" with Canterbury, OKC Philharmonic
Oklahoma City University’s Ad Astra Women's Chorus and the University Men's Chorus will join the 140-voice Canterbury Choral Society to present “Elijah,” by Felix Mendelssohn. The oratorio will be presented 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the historic Civic Center Music Hall, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Jeffrey Picon and Les Flanagan, voice faculty from OCU’s Bass School of Music, will be featured soloists. Monique Weaver and Rebecca Ambrosini also will sing solo roles. Samantha Morrison, a member of the Chorale from the Canterbury Youth Choruses, will sing the part of the child. The choruses are under the direction of Randi Von Ellefson, OCU’s director of choral activities and artistic director of Canterbury. Mendelssohn’s oratorio tells the story of the prophet Elijiah in a operatic style, with orchestra, chorus and soloists representing the characters in the drama. The music conveys dramatic scenes such as the contest of the gods and Elijah being taken into heaven on a chariot of fire. Tickets ($20-45) are available from 405.232.SING or http://www.canterburyokc.com/ticketing.