Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Sat. April 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Sun. April 2, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Jeff Joudrey, conductor
Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano
Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Haji, tenor
Daniel Okulitch, baritone
The Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, with the Halifax Camerata Singers
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah

It’s a massive, majestic tour de force, the runaway smash hit of its day, and a blaze of fire and brimstone and beauty. Nova Scotia’s own Jeff Joudrey leads Symphony Nova Scotia and an 80-voice chorus in Felix Mendelssohn’s most iconic creation: Elijah. Praised as a “complete triumph” at its rapturous premiere in 1846, Elijah is the rich, rip-roaring tale of an ancient prophet who braves vicious enemies, wrathful gods, and the depths of grief to rise victorious in a chariot of fire. Don’t miss Symphony Nova Scotia’s first-ever performance of this magnificent magnum opus.


In the early days of my conducting training, I spent many years singing in choirs and symphonic choruses, and in fact my first professional conducting jobs were all with choirs and opera choruses. Nothing beats hearing a throng of human voices singing together – it represents the absolute best of humanity, to me. Well, actually, one thing beats it – being one of those voices! If I’m in town for this concert, I may try to sneak onstage at the back of the altos and join in…