Leading up to its February 27 performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, Indiana’s Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will present four panel discussions among Biblical and musical scholars from Feb. 16 to 24. The symposia events are free and open to the public. The Mendelssohn’s Elijah Symposia, which takes place at multiple venues, will focus on the prophet Elijah in the context of the Old Testament and New Testament. The panelists will be Evansville Philharmonic Music Director Alfred Savia; James Ware, professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Evansville; Gary A. Mazo, rabbi of Temple Adath B’nai Israel, and Joseph Ziliak, former pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish Newburgh. The panels will take place at University of Evansville, Arts Council Southwestern Indiana, the University of Southern Indiana, and St. Benedict Cathedral, where additional speakers will be present. On Feb. 27, Savia will lead the Evansville Philharmonic and Chorus in the complete oratorio at Victory Theater, the orchestra’s regular venue in downtown Evansville.
Posted February 11, 2016