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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