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Haydn's Creation

Haydn's Creation

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When:

  • Sat 22 Aug ’15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:

Old St John's, 320 Hardy Street, Nelson

Restrictions:

All Ages

Following ‘house full’ performances of Elijah last year, Nelson Civic Choir returns to the stage with Motueka singers to present Haydn’s Creation. The performance is conducted by Chris Lukies and accompanied on the organ by Michael Bell. The soloists are Zoe Bennett and Amanda Crehan (sopranos), Ewen Griffith (tenor) and Graham O’Brien (bass).

The Creation is one of the most lyrical pieces in the choral repertoire. Soloists and chorus present the Old Testament account of creation, with the world moving from chaos to light and the emergence of plants, fish, birds and animals – lions, tigers, cattle, sheep and the sinuous worm! We hear Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, singing of their gratitude to God and their love for each other. The well-known choruses offer joyful comment on the unfolding story: ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God’, ‘Achieved is the glorious work’, ‘Sing the Lord, ye voices all’.

The performance is on Saturday August 22nd at 7.00pm in Old St John’s, Nelson.

The Creation (Die Schöpfung) was written between 1797 and 1798 by Joseph Haydn, and is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Haydn was inspired to write a large oratorio during his visits to England in 1791–1792 and 1794–1795, where he heard oratorios of Handel performed.

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