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The Creation - Haydn's Masterpiece Sung By 100+ Voices Choir


Sat 13 Apr 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Mahurangi College, Woodcocks Rd, Warkworth, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Ticket: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Elke

Kowhai Singers, Pohutukawa Singers and The Edgecumbe Choir – more than 100 voices - together with three professional guest soloists, a professional organist, and instrumentalists – will perform Haydn’s masterpiece “The Creation” at Mahurangi College Auditorium, Warkworth on Saturday 13 April 2013 at 7.30pm.

The Creation is a sacred oratorio written between 1796 and 1798 by Joseph Haydn and considered by many to be his masterpiece - one of the great masterpieces of the classical period. Haydn was inspired to write a large oratorio during his visits to England in 1791-1792 and 1794-1795, when he heard oratorios of Handel performed by large choirs and instrumentalists.

The oratorio, The Creation, depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and in Paradise Lost. It is scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, chorus and a symphonic orchestra, and is structured in three parts:
Part I celebrates the creation of the primal light, the Earth, the heavenly bodies, bodies of water, weather, and plant life.
Part II celebrates the creation of sea creatures, birds, animals, and lastly, man.
Part III takes place in the Garden of Eden, and narrates the happy first hours of Adam and Eve.
The three soloists represent archangels who narrate and comment on the successive six days of creation: Gabriel (Soprano - Catherine Macdonald), Uriel (Tenor - John Murray) and Raphael (Bass - Jarvis Dams).

The choir complements the archangels with exhilarating and stirring choruses, several of them celebrating the end of one particular day of creation.

The organist, Michael Bell, and instrumentalists, Bruce Borthwick, Shona Ellison, Michelle Cauldicott and Andrew Saunders, often play alone, notably in the episodes of tone painting: the appearance of the sun, the creation of various beasts, and above all in the overture, the famous depiction of the Chaos before the Creation.

Tickets $20 from choir members, Warkworth i-SITE Visitor Centre or at the door. For further information phone Colin (09) 420 7271 (Pohutukawa Singers), or Marion (09) 425 4684 or Jocelyn (09) 425 5495 (Kowhai Singers).

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