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The BSO is playing* the



join us on SUNDAY 23 JUNE, at 3.00 pm


*Please note that the BSO is not hosting this event and inquiries should be through 4MBS



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2019 Season 2 (May 18/19) 

Season 2 sees the orchestra joining forces again with our good friends, the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir, in Mendelssohn's magnificent Elijah at The Caloundra Events Centre and then in Brisbane's beautifully refurbished St John’s Cathedral, a fitting location for this stirring work


Select your venue and purchase your tickets, we’d love you to join us.


20 Minchinton St Caloundra
on Saturday, May 18 2019
from 7pm to 9:30pm
(map link)


373 Ann St Brisbane City
on Sunday, May 19 2019
from 1pm to 3:30pm
(map link)

PLEASE NOTE: Ticketing facilities for this event are provided by the Oriana Choir and all ticketing inquiries should be directed to: Orina Arts Inc. Ph: 0431 542 343

The Music

The Sunshine Coast’s Oriana Choir is proud to bring you this magnificent oratorio in collaboration with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra. Mendelssohn’s choral and orchestral masterwork depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet, Elijah, with lyrics based directly on the text of the Old Testament books of I and II Kings.

The oratorio was premiered in 1846, and has come to hold its place with the greatest choral works still being performed the world over. Mendelssohn was inspired by his baroque heroes Handel and Bach, but the music is all Mendelssohn, and reflects his genius as a Romantic composer.

The Choir

Oriana is no stranger to performing major choral works. Past presentations include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass In C Minor, Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat. This time around, Oriana is honoured to be under the directorship conductor and music director, Andrew Wailes. Soloists for Mendelssohn’s masterpiece will be:   

Elijah – Daniel Smerdon

Soprano – Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke

Alto – Anne Fulton

Tenor – Phillip Prendergast

Oriana has long desired to perform this very special work, and is delighted to be working once again with the B.S.O., and with Andrew Wailes, to stage Elijah as part of the Events Centre’s re-opening celebrations in 2019.

Sunshine Coast Oriana: Best choir EVER!

Sunshine Coast Oriana: Best choir EVER!

Andrew Wailes…

Andrew Wailes…

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy  (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) You can understand why he just went with Felix Mendelssohn…

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) You can understand why he just went with Felix Mendelssohn…