George Frideric Handel: Israel In Egypt

Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 4:00pm

Handel's masterwork, complete with Part 1 -The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn, tells of the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land following 400 years in captivity. As Egypt's Pharaoh refused to let Moses and his people so God sends a series of catastrophic events upon the Egyptians the last of which, the slaughter of Egyptian young, finally convinces Pharaoh to let the Israelites leave. A change of heart however, had Pharaoh dispatch his chariots and horsemen to destroy the Israelites as they crossed the desert. Despite the safe passage God had provided Moses and his people, the Israelites became fearful of the advancing Egyptian army regretting their decision to follow Moses. As they reach the Red Sea and seemingly trapped, God instructs Moses to raise his arms. The Red Sea parts in order for the Israelites to cross safely. Once on dry land Moses brings the sea down on top of the advancing Egyptian army, all of whom perish.

Handel's use of choral and orchestral color and texture to paint vivid images of this epic story seem the
composer at his peak of creative genius.

Washington National Cathedral Choir
Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra
Conductor – Michael McCarthy

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    • March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm