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Handel’s ‘Saul’ to be performed in memory of John Raymond Ferris

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The Harvard University Choir and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s magnificent oratorio “Saul” on April 26. The performance is dedicated to the memory of John Raymond Ferris, University organist and choirmaster from 1958-1990, who passed away last summer.

The oratorio focuses on the first king of Israel’s relationship with his eventual successor, David, as described in the First Book of Samuel. The work features majestic orchestration, dramatic choruses, and vivid characterization — it is considered one of Handel’s finest creations.

A distinguished roster of professional soloists will join the choir and orchestra for the performance, which is also a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.

The performance takes place at the Memorial Church at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Harvard Box Office, (617) 496-2222,