G.F. Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’ to be performed in Providence on May 5th

Rhode Island’s professional chamber choir, Collegium Ancora, has announced that they will perform G.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Sunday, May 5 at 5 pm at Grace Church in Providence. Collegium Ancora’s singers will supply the double choir, accompanied by a chamber orchestra featuring players from the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Last presented in Rhode Island 16 years ago, this choral masterpiece is not to be missed.

This concert is co-presented with Temple Beth-El in Providence. “We are thrilled to support Collegium Ancora in their upcoming performance of Handel’s popular oratorio,” says Judy Seplowin, Cantor at Temple Beth-El in a press release. “Written and sung in English, the biblical themes of the immigrant and plagues resonate in our current society in full choral beauty.”

Fans of Handel’s Messiah will find much to love about this glorious oratorio, widely considered Handel’s finest choral music. According to Artistic Director Vince Edwards, “the chorus takes the principal role of story-teller as the text of the drama is expertly portrayed by Handel’s pen, and the double chorus will bring the story to life over and over for the audience.” Based on the ancient Hebrew account of Israel’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt, Handel paints dramatic musical portraits of the plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the exuberance of being free from captivity. The piece -both timely and timeless- calls our attention to the oppression and injustice that continue today, both at home and abroad.

Hailed as “arguably the best singing group in southern New England”, Collegium Ancora is dedicated to enriching Rhode Island through the choral arts and performs choral music from ancient times and modern, sacred and secular. Now in its third season, this 28-voice ensemble aims to be a professional chamber choir for the Ocean State. Their stylistic range is attested by recent collaborations, which range from singing backup for Gullah band Ranky Tanky at PVDFest, to closing the 50th Newport Music Festival with a program of Vivaldi and Pergolesi. Previous concerts in their 2018-2019 season have included a tribute to the centennial of the WWI armistice, performed at the Varnum Armory in East Greenwich; participating in a performance of The Christmas Carol with Trinity Rep; and a concert exploring repertoire for high voices and low voices entitled All About that Bass and Treble, which featured a much-lauded performance tailored specifically for families, children, and anyone who might not ordinarily feel welcomed in a formal concert setting.

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Tickets to Israel in Egypt, available online or at the door, are $20 for general admission, $10 for students, and $50 for families with up to two adults and all minors in their care.

Please visit www.collegiumancora.org or contact collegiumancora@gmail.com for tickets and additional information.