October 29 • 4:oo PM
First Church • Downtown SRQ
Alexander’s Feast is an oratorio with music by George Frederic Handel. The work set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton.
Handel composed the music in January 1736, and the work received its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre, London, on February 19, 1736. A celebratory banquet is the scene after Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia. Alexander, with his mistress Thaïs at his side, is charmed by the musician Timotheus, who by the sheer power of music arouses a wide range of emotions from charmed to intoxicated, saddened and love-sick to rage and fury. Fortunately, St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is on hand at the end to set it all straight. Maestro Joseph Caulkins conducts Key Chorale singers with guest soloists Christina Bristol, Brad Diamond, and Todd William Donovan and the Key Chorale Orchestra.