Hayden’s The Creation at centre on May 9

On May 9, the Grand Philharmonic Choir will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation in English at Centre In The Square.

The epic work, conducted by Artistic Director Howard Dyck, will feature the Grand Philharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Sym­pho­ny. The concert will mark the conclusion of the choir’s season. Also performing will be three of Canada’s critically acclaimed soloists, soprano Laura Whalen, tenor Colin Ainsworth and baritone Bruce Kelly.

The Creation is a classic oratorio. Written in 1796 and 1797 and first performed in 1798, it is still widely cele­brated for its vibrant optimism and the composer’s deep love of humanity. Haydn viewed it as his ultimate life’s work.

Artistic Director Howard Dyck said: “The two great oratorios Haydn wrote late in life – The Creation and The Seasons – are that rare thing: supreme masterpieces of opti­mism, celebrating universal harmony and rejoicing in a flawless world order with no conflicts or adversity of any kind.”

It depicts the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis in The Holy Bible. Parts I and II celebrate the six days of Creation, with the soloists performing the parts of archangels.

Part III introduces Adam (bass) and Eve (soprano) and paints a vivid portrait of their idyllic existence.

A free public lecture is offered in advance of the performance. Dyck will present in on May 6 at 7pm at the Kitchener Public Library’s Main Library, at 85 Queen Street North. The lecture will be illustrated with recorded excerpts from The Creation, and refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so register in advance by leaving a message at 519-571-9924.

The Creation plays on May 9 at 7:30 pm Tickets are $60, $45, $35, $25,  and $20. for seniors they are  $54, $40.50, $31.50, $22.50, and $18.  To order, visit the Centre In The Square box office or order online, or call 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977 toll free.