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Haydn’s The Creation is a Musical Masterpiece of Biblical Proportions

The Feb. 15-16 performance will feature audience favorite and acclaimed soprano Mary Wilson.

Presented by Key Chorale January 27, 2020

Acclaimed soprano Mary Wilson returns for a week-long residency with Key Chorale, which includes a recital, masterclass for its student scholars, and two performances of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation Feb. 15-16. The Creation is a masterpiece of Biblical proportions, setting the six most famous days in history to music though cinematic imagery, soaring choruses and history-making orchestral writing.

From the big bang to the dawn of light, the emergence of plants, great beasts, humankind and even the lowly earthworm, Haydn paints an unforgettable musical picture book using texts from Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost. The work was Haydn’s most ambitious project, which he undertook late in his life, after a long career composing more than 100 symphonies, dozens of string quartets, numerous operas, Masses, concertos and sonatas. The Creation is his masterpiece.

“Haydn was at his zenith as a composer taking on one of the most dramatic stories ever,” says Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins. “He poured all of his skill into this work: tuneful melodies, musical inventiveness, orchestral writing full of wit and color, choruses full of majesty and grandeur, and vocal solos that truly soar.”

Soprano Mary Wilson will be joined by baritone Kyle Ferrill and tenor Brad Diamond, who will be portraying the roles of the archangels Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel, as well as Adam and Eve.

Wilson has been hailed as one of today's most exciting artists, receiving critical acclaim for a voice that is “lyrical and triumphant, a dazzling array of legato melodies and ornate coloratura,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle

“This will be Mary’s fourth performance with Key Chorale,” says Maestro Caulkins. “She is an audience favorite with an amazingly agile technique that never ceases to dazzle us. When you hear Mary, you will think Haydn composed this piece just for her.” 

The performances will feature the 120-voice Key Chorale along with members of the Sarasota Orchestra in what will be an unforgettable experience.

The performances take place: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16 at 4 p.m. at The First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $20-$55 and available at KeyChorale.org, or by calling the office at (941) 921-4845.