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Oratorio 'Creation' by Haydn tomorrow

IT has been more than 200 years since its triumphant premier in Vienna in 1795, but Haydn's "The Creation" ("Die Schoepfung") never fails to inspire.

For the first time the immensely popular oratorio, the musical version of Genesis, will come to Shanghai. A lavish performance will be staged tomorrow night at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

It will be performed by the Shanghai International Choir League, with more than 120 singers, accompanied by a symphony orchestra comprised of professionals from various local orchestras.

Featured soloists are soprano Jane Chu from the United States, tenor Dominique Moralez from Canada and baritone Wang Lifu from China.

The performance will be under the baton of US-based conductor Tom Folan, a visiting professor at Shanghai Normal University.

"The Creation" is a like a mystery, which wants to be explored. When 63-year-old Haydn returned from a trip to London, he had found the text. An unknown author had put together biblical texts from Genesis and sections of Milton's "Paradise Lost." Haydn also drew inspiration from Handel and his oratorios.

"This performance will be a highlight for Shanghai music lovers. The venture is of great benefit and adds its voice to the community arts landscape," said Folan.

Date: Tomorrow, 7:15pm

Venue: He Luting Concert Hall, Shanghai Conservatory of Music,

20 Fenyang Rd (near Fuxing Rd M.)

Tickets: 80-580 yuan (US$13-78)

Tel: 1590-0704-143



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