Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Presents THE CREATION at Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is proud to present one of the great 18th Century choral masterworks, Joseph Haydn's visionary life-affirming masterpiece, The Creation.

Offered for one performance only, in one of the most grand performance venues in the country, The Creation brings three world-class soloists together with more than 350 singers from Sydney Philharmonia's acclaimed Festival Chorus, and sees a rare mainstage collaboration between multi-award winning soprano Taryn Fiebig and husband, New Zealand bass Jud Arthur.

The concert marks the first collaboration between Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Sydney's renowned TMO, The Metropolitan Orchestra, conducted by Brett Weymark, and also features acclaimed young tenor Nicholas Jones.

First performed in 1798, The Creation was an overnight success and remains to this day, a favourite amongst audiences worldwide. An epic work of sublime imagination and power, Haydn's inspired oratorio evokes the creation of the universe with grace and grandeur.

From its opening chorus - a furious and jarring depiction of chaos - the audience is transported into a world of balance, order and light. Nature takes form in the arias and choruses that follow, as larks, whales, angels, tigers and humanity, each in turn find voice and come to life.

Over the next two hours Haydn's perfectly-judged music evokes all of the events of Genesis, with a winning blend of humour, humanity, sophistication and colour, no doubt achieving the artist's vision, that The Creation become a source of peace and refreshment for the careworn.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' Music Director Brett Weymark says, "There's something very special about coming to the Sydney Town Hall for this show. It's a large venue, accommodating up to 2,000 people, but allowing for an intimate sound, with the choir literally wrapped around you. In this concert we'll be creating the sort of feel that Haydn would have expected to have heard in his home town of Vienna - with a large chorus of over 350 singers and a stellar line up of soloists, accompanied by a magnificent orchestra. I'm also thrilled that this production marks Sydney Philharmonia's first collaboration with the brilliant team at the TMO," he concludes.

Guest soloist bass-baritone Jud Arthur adds, "The opportunity to sing together on stage with my beautiful wife, Taryn, is close to magical. The duets we share in The Creation will be pretty special. It helps that we both understand what the other artist is going through at any given time, what has happened before the performance and what may be happening next."

The Creation is presented for one concert only, 5pm Saturday May 26, in the ornate splendour of Sydney's historic Town Hall. Tickets from $49. Book now at http://www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au/haydn-the-creation/

More information, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FkG1omjOsE

Ticketholders are also invited to learn more about Haydn and The Creation at a free pre-concert talk, 45 minutes prior to the performance, presented in association with Fine Music FM.

Curious to know more about one of the great masterpieces of 18th Century music? Join Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' Music Director, Brett Weymark, at a special Discover workshop, exploring Hayden's The Creation.

This informal two-hour session includes an opportunity to explore the history behind the work, find out what inspired the composer and have some fun attempting to singing excerpts from the score. 10am to 12pm, Sunday May 13 at Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' Rehearsal Rooms, Pier 4, Hickson Road, Millers Point.

Participation costs just $44. Register now at http://www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au/discover-2018/

Established in 1920 to celebrate and share the joy of singing, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is currently preparing for its centenary celebrations in 2020. www.sydneyphilharmonia.com.au.



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