Elijah and a Festival of Creative Women

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!


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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2 Responses to Elijah and a Festival of Creative Women

  1. taristhread says:

    What a fabulous concert!! I love Mendelssohn, haven’t been to a classical concert in year. I think I need to do this soon. Also the Wine and Women event looks like fun! Thank you Michelle!

    • mlknowlden says:

      I’m still floating on a cloud after that concert. That may have been the longest standing ovation I’ve seen too. Thank you for your comment!

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