Learn the elegant arias, thundering choruses and patriotic marches of George Frideric Handel’s other masterpiece, “Judas Maccabeus,” at Lakeside Congregation’s Community Open Sing on Sunday, Dec. 9. Composed just a few years after Handel’s famed “Messiah,” the oratorio contains some of the composer’s most beautiful music in a celebration of the Hanukah story.
Click to hear “See the conquering hero comes” chorus performed by the Lakeside Choir. http://youtu.be/h7d2fnaLGRg
“Judas Maccabeus is a choral music lover’s delight,” says Lakeside Cantor Michael Davis. “We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for the Jewish community to come together and indulge their love of song while celebrating Hanukah. We welcome everyone to sing along, or just come and enjoy the music.”
The only performance of “Judas Maccabeus” held on the North Shore, Lakeside Congregation’s Community Open Sing will be led by cantors and choirs from Chicago-area synagogues, accompanied by a full orchestra. Richard Boldrey will conduct, with accompanist Dr. William Crowle. Each member of the audience will be seated according to voice type, receive a copy of the sheet music and be invited to join the choirs in song. This year, the music will be projected on a screen enabling audience members to easily follow along.
Admission is free; the congregation is asking participants for voluntary contributions to URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help provide food, water, supplies and space to impacted communities.
The open sing starts at 4 pm on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Lakeside Congregation, 1221 Lake Cook Road, Highland Park. Complimentary refreshments will be served after the event. For more information: www.lakesidecongregation.org, 847-432-7950.