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Elijah promises dramatic retelling of biblical tale

03/22/2015 06:03 EDT | Updated 05/22/2015 05:59 EDT
The resurrection of a dead child, drought, a contest of the gods and an ascension in a fiery chariot up to heaven are all depicted in Mendelssohn’s iconic masterpiece Elijah, which will be performed by the Vancouver Bach Choir in collaboration with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.

The oratorio, composed by Mendelssohn in 1846, depicts events in the life of the biblical prophet Elijah.

The piece was also composed in the spirit of Mendelssohn's predecessors Bach and Handel, said Eve-Lyn de la Haye, a soprano soloist who will perform on Saturday.

"Mendelssohn actually was prominent in bringing the music of Bach back into popularity," she said in an interview with North By Northwest's Sheryl MacKay.

"He brought it to Germany and … it spread throughout all of Europe. If it hadn't been for that, who knows if [Bach] would be such a prominent composer in our minds now?"

De la Haye, who will play a widow, an angel and a narrator on Elijah, says the biblical tale will be set to dramatic music and elaborate costumes and sets.

Elijah will be presented at t 8 p.m. PT at The Orpheum in Vancouver on Mar. 28.

To hear the full interview with Eve-Lyn de la Haye, click on the audio labelled: Mendelssohn's Elijah opens in Vancouver.

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