Haydn : Creation

March 31, 2017 7.30pm

Winspear Centre

Tickets: Student/Senior/Children $35; Adult $45; Earlybird (before Mar 1) $40

Tickets available online here, by phone 780-428-1414, or at the door

Richard Eaton Singers
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Ratzlaff, Conductor
Leslie Ann Bradley, Soprano
John Tessier, Tenor
Alexander Hajek, Baritone

There’s no Big Bang! But there will certainly be orchestral and choral Fireworks at this March 31 concert in the Winspear!

Richard Eaton Singers’ presentation of The Creation, Austrian Classical period composer Frank Joseph Haydn’s timeless vision of God’s creation of the world is bursting with wit and joy. Using the setting of the Genesis account together with passages from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, this masterful oratorio showcases Haydn’s brilliantly inspired writing at his very best.

Starting with the orchestral representation of Chaos, the story is told by the three angels: Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael, who narrate the successive six days of creation. Culminating in the intimate, yet joyful dialogue between Adam and Eve and the triumphal final chorus.

Structured in three parts, the first symbolizes the creation of light, heaven and earth, the sun and moon, land, water and plants. The second represents the creation of all the animals, and the final part describes the joy of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The Creation, to be sung in English, features soloists Leslie Ann Bradley, soprano; John Tessier, tenor; and Alexander Hajek, baritone. The choir and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Richard Eaton Singers musical director Leonard Ratzlaff, who is completing his 35th year with the choir.

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will be in attendance at this concert.