Event Name

Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus”: A Sacred Oratorio


Event Location

St. Mark Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Start Date and Time:

Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m.


End Date and Time

Friday, June 7 at 10:30 p.m.


Event Description

Performed by the soloists, chorus and baroque orchestra of the Ama Deus Ensemble conducted by Valentin Radu, Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus” is based on the ancient tale, recounted in First Maccabees, of the resistance of the Jewish people toward their Seleucid overlords, who conquered Jerusalem in 169 BC, desecrated the Temple, and forced the worship of their gods. Led by the hero Judas Maccabaeus, the Jews waged a successful revolt resulting in the rededication of the Temple — the story that Hanukkah celebrates.

Handel wrote this work in 1745 as a tribute to the Duke of Cumberland following his decisive defeat of the Scots at the Battle of Culloden. “Judas Maccabaeus” is a musical work of high drama, full of fiery arias, ravishing duets and rousing choruses.

If you are a fan of the Messiah, you must experience this work, the second most popular of Handel’s oratorios.


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