Sunday 4 December 2016
– Haydn The Creation
The Sydney University Graduate Choir concludes its 2016 concert series with Haydn’s best-known masterwork, The Creation (‘Die Schöpfung’.) Composed between 1797-1798, The Creation depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, some of the Psalms, and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Inspired by the large-scale oratorios of Handel, particularly Messiah and Israel in Egypt, as heard during his visits to England in the early 1790s, The Creation served to cement Haydn’s reputation. It quickly became a popular, and much repeated concert item – including many performances for charity.
The work begins with the ‘Representation of Chaos’, and depicts the creation of the world and the plants, the creation of the animals, and of man and of woman. Soloists play the roles of the archangels, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, and, in the final part, Adam and Eve in Paradise. Glorious choruses and arias are set against orchestral representations of the sounds of birds and animals.
The Creation is a glorious celebration of life touching even today’s listeners in a unique way, with its wonderful depiction of divine will, bringing life and order, beauty and optimism to the void.
5pm Sunday 4 December 2016
Great Hall, University of Sydney
Sydney University Graduate Choir
Christopher Bowen OAM
Penelope Mills – soprano
Andrew Goodwin – tenor
Adrian Tamburini – bass
$45 full adult price
$42 full pensioners (not seniors cards)
$25 full time students & children 16 and under
To purchase tickets
Tickets to this concert are available through:
Seymour Centre Box Office: phone 02 9351 7940 or online via the Seymour Centre.
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The Choir’s Chamber Choir, formed from within the full Choir in 2004, is designed to add to our flexibility and overall performance capacity. The Chamber Choir reached the state finals of the ABC FM Choir of the Year competition in 2006 and regularly performs at University and external events.