https://youtu.be/l5DVVosbqAw Elijah's Departure


Children's and Liturgical Opera Company, LLC
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LITURGICAL OPERA: The Departure of Elijah

 

THE DEPARTURE OF ELIJAH

a chancel opera based on 2 Kings 2: 1-15
music and text by Susan Hulsman Bingham

 

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CAST:

Elijah: bass baritone
Elisha: tenor
Children of the Prophets: children's chorus

ACCOMPANIMENT:

piano, clarinet, percussion

CHORUS:

treble chorus only

DANCE:

none

PROPS:

costumes only, as we did this as an oratorio

SOURCE OF TEXTS:

2 Kings 2: 1-15

LANGUAGE:

English

MUSICAL STYLE:

tonal, rhythmic, has klezmer-like sections

SCENES:

one

SOUND SAMPLE :
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DURATION:

14 minutes

PREMIER:

The Episcopal Church of the Mediator
Allentown, PA

 

SYNOPSIS

ELIJAH’S DEPARTURE is based on events surrounding the prophet Elijah’s dramatic death. His student, Elisha, follows him from town to town as Elijah searches for a place to die. Elisha repeatedly refuses to leave Elijah’s side (to Elijah’s delight) and finally asks him for twice Elijah’s powers. The surprised Elijah agrees and then is taken up into heaven.

 

The world premiere of ELIJAH'S DEPARTURE took place on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown, PA. Click on this link for the YouTube performance.

Cast: Elijah: David Moll, bass baritone
Elisha: Paul Klingman III, tenor
Children of the Prophets: Isabelle Alessi, Charles Bingham, Mwendwawangai Mbugwe-Daisley,
Murathimeningai Mbugwe-Daisley, Jaden Morales, Lena Nifong.
Clarinet: John Schwartz
Piano: Susan Bingham
Percussion: William Bingham



Musical score: $50. Price includes shipping and handling withing the U.S. as well as performing rights and permission to make sufficient copies for cast and accompanists for one group or company for one season.



"The Departure of Elijah" downloadable PDF files (downloads include piano/conductor score and clarinet, percussion and children's chorus parts: $25.
 

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