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The Los Alamos Choral Society, together with members of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, is performing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Canyon Road. The performance will be directed by Mary Place Badarak and features Loren Jacobson as Elijah.Tickets are available at Brownell’s Hallmark and at the door. Admission is $15 for adults/seniors and children and students will be admitted for free.The subject of Elijah had long been dear to Mendelssohn and he had very definite ideas about the subject of Elijah, Badarak said. In 1838 he had enlisted the help of his old friend, Pastor Julius Schubring, in drafting a libretto. He wrote to Schubring, “The dramatic element should predominate. The personages should act and speak as if they were living beings.” However, Schubring disagreed: He clearly felt that the oratorio should be in the nature of a sermon in music, stressing the moral and uplifting aspects of the Old Testament texts, and that any degree of dramatic realism was inappropriate in a sacred work. As a result of these disagreements, the project was once dropped for more than a decade.Then, on June 11, 1845, the Birmingham Festival Committee passed a resolution, which reported, “That it appears to this committee desirable that the services of Dr.
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