Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:35 pm

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Fifth Avenue Doors open at 6:30 pm. You may purchase tickets at the door (only for cash or check made out to Saint Thomas Church). Prime ($75) and Preferred ($55) seats are assigned in the center and on the front sides. Standard ($40) & student/senior tickets ($30) are open seating (first come first served) at the back, and sides.

Please join us for this joyfully majestic work to conclude the season of Concerts at Saint Thomas. Tickets are no longer available online. You may buy tickets at the door.

Fifth Avenue Doors open at 6:30 pm. You may purchase tickets at the door (only for cash or check made out to Saint Thomas Church). Prime ($75) and Preferred ($55) seats are assigned in the center and on the front sides. Standard ($40) & student/senior tickets ($30) are open seating (first come first served) at the back, and sides.

Israel in Egypt HWV 54 is a biblical oratorio by the composer George Frideric Handel. Most scholars believe the libretto was prepared by Charles Jennens, who also compiled the Biblical texts for Handel’s Messiah. It is composed entirely of selected passages from the Old Testament, mainly from Exodus and the Psalms. Unlike Handel’s other oratorios, Israel in Egypt is almost entirely a choral piece with just a few solo arias.

Israel in Egypt premiered at London’s King’s Theatre in the Haymarket on April 4, 1739. Handel started it soon after the opera season at King’s Theatre was cancelled for lack of subscribers. Although it is now among Handel’s most popular works, the oratorio was not well received by the first audience though commended in the Daily Post. The second performance was shortened augmenting the choral work with Italian- style arias.