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Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
The Rochester Oratorio Society celebrates its 70th season of concerts with a grand production of the most famous piece of choral music after Messiah: the oratorio ELIJAH by German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn, on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M. at the Hochstein Performance Hall. Tickets ($25 general admission, $20 in advance) are available through, Brown Paper Tickets or the ROS Office, 585.473.2234.        
Singing the title role is world-renowned bass baritone, Eastman School of Music faculty member, JAN OPALACH, leading a cast of professional soloists with strong Rochester ties, including soprano ELENA O’CONNOR; KATIE HANNIGAN, mezzo-soprano, GRANT KNOX, tenor. ERIC TOWNELL conducts the fully-professional ROS Orchestra. 
The project marks a first-ever collaboration with the newly-formed Humanities Center at the University of Rochester. Entitled “Mendelssohn and his world,” the month-long festival explores the music, the life and times of composer Felix Mendelssohn. Guest scholars and local experts present panel discussions, museum visits and a chat with the artists preceding the ROS performance of his majestic oratorio ELIJAH on Friday, October 30, 2015, 7:30 P.M., at the Hochstein Performance Hall. 
Details of the presentations, which are free and open to the public, may be found at the ROS web site, and at
The Rochester Oratorio Society, founded in 1945, is the leading choral/orchestral ensemble in Rochester, New York, and the surrounding seven-county region. The ROS has performed concert tours to Eastern Europe, Italy, Scandinavia and China; performed a live, one-hour televised concert for WXXI's "Voices" series; collaborated with the region's finest vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and artists in other disciplines, including numerous appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; commissioned and premiered major works; and initiated a solo vocal competition of national stature which continues to this day (Classical Idol). Information on all Oratorio Society events is at
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