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The East Central Choral Association, under the direction of Dr. Tim Sexton, will present Mendelssohn’s Elijah Friday July 27.  The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church inWashington.


First performed in its revised version in 1847 and filled with dramatic and beautiful music, the work reveals Mendelssohn’s deep humanity, and remains in the estimation of critics one of the greatest oratorios ever written. 


The performance will feature a 42-member choir with David Dennis, the choir director at Washington Middle School, in the role of Elijah.  Rachel Smith, applied voice teacher at ECC who performs regularly with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus will also be a featured vocalist.


“I have always felt that Mendelssohn's music is the combination of the greatest parts of the Baroque period, the Classical period, and the Romantic period,” noted Sexton, who also serves as director of choral music at ECC.  “ Elijah is among his greatest works, so all the drama of each of these periods is in full effect in the work.”


“I think everyone in the area will be surprised with not only the choir, but especially with the local soloists,” Sexton said. 


This piece depicts various events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah, taken from 1 and 2 Kings in the Old Testament.  Elijah is modeled on the oratorios of two Baroque masters, Bach and Handel, and reflects Mendelssohn's genius as an early Romantic composer. 


First United Methodist Church is located at 4349 St. Johns Road, just off East Highway 100 in Washington.



Elijah                      David Dennis, bass-baritone

Widow/Queen          Rachel Smith, soprano

Obadiah                  Andrew Thomas, tenor

The Angel                Heather Scott, mezzo-soprano

Youth                      Heather DeJack, soprano

Ahab/Angel              David North, tenor

Angels                     Colleen Clifton, Heather DeJack,                              

                               Starlyte Kuhl,  Mary Maynard,

                               Jessica North, and Heather Scott


ECC Choral Association

Soprano                            Alto

Amy Bell                            Gina Aitch

Jessica Cahill                      Kathy Brueggemann

Colleen Clifton                     Katthlean Burkhead

Heather DeJack                   Kristy Fitzpatrick

Teresa Dobsch                    Patsy Green

Miranda Green                     Marissa Hewkin

Autumn Hall                        Pam Hohenstreet

Martha Hamende                 Mary Maynard

Starlyte Kuhl                       Donna McDonnell

Kendra Lee                         Amy Randles

Molly Mulford                       Penny Sauer

Jessica North                       Heather Scott

Laurie Riekhof                      Sarah Sexton

Cheryl Shollenberger             Caitlin Von Seckendorff

Rebecca Strupp


Tenor                                 Bass

Andrew Lindberg                  David Dennis

David North                         Andrew Finck

Melissa Potter                     Kirk Hancox

Vince Sanfilippo                   Aaron Kruel

Andrew Thomas                   Ken McDonnell

                                          Jeff Ruether

                                          Jim Shollenberger







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