Handel:  Alexander's Feast

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Coril Prochnow, soprano
Megan Gillespie, alto
Manfred Anaya, tenor
Eric Castro, bass

Brentwood-Palisades Chorale

Susan S. Rosenstein, Director

Palisades Symphony Orchestra

Joel B. Lish, Conductor

Admission is free; open seating

Palisades Methodist Church
801 Via de la Paz
Pacific Palisades,  California


Synopsis:  In ancient times, Alexander the Great holds court at the scene of his greatest triumph, newly-conquered Persepolis. The court musician Timotheus performs, successively inspiring in his audience feelings of triumph, tenderness, joy, grief, and rage, culminating in the burning of the city. All this is depicted in a vivid series of choruses and arias, composed to poetry by John Dryden. This remarkable work bears comparison to Handel's later Messiah, but is nowhere near as often performed.