Bach Society Houston
Esther & Jonah
Friday, February 16 | 7:30 PM
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | 800 Bagby Street
This program comprises two concise music dramas from opposite ends of the 18th century: G. F. Handel's Esther (1718) and Samuel Felsted's Jonah (1775). With gorgeous arias and stirring choruses, Handel's first English-language oratorio celebrates an Old Testament heroine's ultimate victory over the forces of evil. Such works provided valuable models for Samuel Felsted, a composer born to an English family in Jamaica in the early 1740s. His concise setting of the story of Jonah and the whale is the first American oratorio.
Now in its 34th season, the Houston Chronicle calls Bach Society Houston “the city’s major celebrant of Bach’s glorious legacy.” BSH brings rich, vibrant, historically-informed performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries to a diverse, enthusiastic audience through concerts, Bach Vespers, organ recitals, and chamber music concerts. Resident ensembles consist of the Bach Choir, a 16-voice professional choir, and the Bach Orchestra, an ensemble with members from all over the United States performing on instruments from Bach’s time. BSH also presents international instrumentalists, singers, and guest conductors.