A Journey to Freedom
through music, word, and dance
Saturday, May 28, 2005
The Cambridge Community Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, William E. Thomas, Musical director present a fully staged interpretation of the Exodus story through dance, word, and music, from Handel to Gospel.
The centerpiece of the two-part program is Part I of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt, based on the Old Testament Book of Exodus. A contemporary described this great choral work as a "sublime Composition," in which Handel had "exerted every Power human Nature is capable of."
Complementing and deepening the subject matter of Handel's oratorio are works ranging from a haunting Sephardic melody (Par'o era Estrellero -- Pharaoh was a Stargazer), through Jewish folk and sacred music, including the beautiful chorus "He Watching Over Israel," from Mendelssohn's Elijah, and a stirring Gospel version of "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" (inspired by the great Aretha Franklin)
This blend of various musical and cultural elements,
interwoven with narrative and dance, promises a rich and
varied evening's entertainment celebrating the universal human
longing for freedom!