Heroes deserve heroic music! There is no composer more celebrated for telling the stories of heroes than George Frideric Handel, the same composer of the universally loved The Messiah. Judas Maccabaeus was indeed a hero and Saratoga Voices wants to tell his story. On Friday, November 19, 2021, 7:30 PM, at the newly renovated Universal Preservation Hall (UPH), Saratoga Voices is performing a semi-staged version of Handel’s oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus. “The story is incredibly relevant today. The music is fiery, triumphant, beautiful and engaging,” says Dr. William Jon Gray, Artistic Director of Saratoga Voices. Come experience the latest state-of-the-art performing arts center located in Saratoga Springs NY.
Judas Maccabeus was a Jewish freedom fighter and military genius who defended his country from invasion and secured freedom of religion for the Jewish people in 160 BC. Handel composed this oratorio, which is the story of Judas’ life set to music, in 1746. It has become Handel’s most popular oratorio, second only to The Messiah.
To perform two of the lead roles, Saratoga Voices has engaged the talent of two internationally and nationally renowned vocal artists with strong dramatic experience. Tenor Thomas Cooley sings the title role of Judas Maccabaeus and baritone Jesse Blumberg sings the equally heroic role of Simon, the brother of Judas.