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Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” Presented by the UA Little Rock Community Chorus

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio in a whole new way as the UA Little Rock Community Chorus and Concert Choir joins forces with the choir of Second Presbyterian Church for a dramatic concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Little Rock. This performance showcases the power of First Presbyterian’s world-class organ and the exceptional musical technique of organist Adam Savacool, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

Soloists and small vocal ensembles interact with the large combined choir to bring the prophets, royalty, and the people of Israel from this popular Old Testament story to life. Bass-baritone Robert Holden is featured as Elijah, who is confronted in this tale by mezzo-soprano Kelley Ponder as Queen Jezebel and tenor Ethan Ezell as King Ahab. Section leaders from the Second Presbyterian Church choir perform additional soloist roles, while the choir gives voice both to the prophets of Baal and the people of Israel.

Ticket Price: $20 general public;
UA Little Rock faculty, staff, and students eligible for 1 free ticket with ID
To order tickets online, visit
Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

Soloists and small ensemble members:

Elijah: Robert Holden, bass-baritone
Obadiah: Luke Angelo, tenor
Queen Jezebel: Kelley Ponder, mezzo-soprano
King Ahab: Ethan Ezell, tenor
The Widow: Shannon Rookey, soprano
The Youth: Elizabeth Riddick, soprano
The Angel: Melanie Hanna, soprano

Additional soloists:

Kira Keating, soprano
Shea Williamson, soprano
Satia Spencer, mezzo-soprano
Kevin Ezell, tenor


Kira Keating
Satia Spencer
Ethan Ezell
Jon Stevenson

Women’s Chorus:

Leann Hatley
Leah Carroll
Sharon Downs
Melanie Hanna
Meredith Howard
Kira Keating
Elizabeth Riddick
Janette Robinson
LaLeata Westbrook
Shea Williamson


April 28
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jeremy Lane


First Presbyterian Church
800 Scott Street
Little Rock, AR 72201 United States
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