I attended Mendelssohn’s Elijah concert Saturday at CSUF Clayes Performing Arts Center. Conducted flawlessly by John Alexander, I was mesmerized by the singers, the choir, and the orchestra. I’ve not seen Elijah performed live before and boy, am I a fan girl now!
If you missed it, I’m so sorry, but check out the CSUF program notes and biographies.
My wide-eyed moment came when mezzo soprano I-Chin Lee played Jezebel. She both terrified and delighted the concert hall! All four soloists were fabulous, but I’ve never been so riveted by a singular performance and I see much musical theater and opera! Here is her biography:
Mezzo-soprano I-Chin “Betty” Lee currently sings professionally with Pacific Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, and is the cantor at St. Paul’s Cathedral Center in Echo Park. Ms. Lee has performed as a chorister and soloist with Pacific Chorale on numerous occasions including Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Bach’s St. John Passion. She has also appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Phillip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Judas Maccabaues, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which was praised by Timothy Mangan of Orange County Register as, “delicate and aristocratic singing in her solos”.
Now I’ll tell you about a fabulous event where, hopefully, I’m giving you enough advance notice. Wine, Women, and Words festival will have shopping, music, panels, and opportunities to talk to your favorite present and future writers. Seventeen authors at the restful and gorgeous Giracci Vineyard and Farms! Wow! Read more about it here. Here’s the crucial details …
Saturday, May 12th
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Giracci Vineyard and Farms
16162 Jackson Ranch Rd Silverado, CA 92676
Happy reading and adventuring!