Handel's Jephtha Oratorio
Handel's Jephtha Returns to Boston After Nearly 150 Years
Conductor Harry Christophers, artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society and one of the finest Handelians in the world, presents Jephtha
at the Symphony Hall for the first time in 146 years. Amongst all of George Frederic Handel's works, the Jephtha
oratorio is perhaps the one most endowed with personal tragedy and poignant irony. Composed as the elderly Handel slowly went blind, the oratorio tells the Biblical story of Jephtha, an Israelite commander who foolishly promises the Almighty that, should he be victorious in battle, he would willingly sacrifice the first thing he sees. Having won, he soon regrets his promise as the first person he spies is his very own daughter, the beautiful Iphis. With authenticity and world-class musicianship, H&H's Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus bring this theatrical story of passion and redemption to vibrant life.
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The last date listed for Handel's Jephtha Oratorio was Sunday May 5, 2013 / 3:00pm (Doors open at 1:45pm).
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About the Ticket Supplier: The Handel and Haydn Society
Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States. The Society is a renowned period orchestra and professional chorus, performing music of the baroque and classical periods on the instruments and with the techniques of the time in which it was composed. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the Society's mission is "to perform baroque and classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible."