Each year, thousands of New Yorkers assemble in concert halls and churches across New York City to hear Handel's Messiah. But there is another choral work by Handel that was also beloved in the composer's lifetime, and which tells the story of the Feast of Lights and the hero of Judea, Judas Maccabeus. In celebration of Hannukah, the GRAMMY®-nominated Clarion Choir and Clarion Orchestra join forces with two of the most celebrated American opera singers, Isabel Leonard and Anthony Roth Costanzo, to perform a suite from Judas Maccabeus at historic Temple Emanu-El. The program will also include arias, duets and choruses from Handel’s Esther, Israel in Egypt, and Rodelinda.
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor The Clarion Orchestra & The Clarion Choir Steven Fox, conductor
The program includes a pre-concert discussion with Handel scholar Dr. Ellen Harris, Professor of Music, MIT
This program is offered in memory of Ambassador Carl Spielvogel and generously made possible by the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation.