Long Beach Chorale Performs Haydn’s Creation This Weekend

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Artistic Director Eliza Rubenstein leads the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra in a complete performance of Haydn’s brilliant oratorio The Creation at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach.

This delightful oratorio, written in the late 1700s, is the crowning achievement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s long career. The chorale and full orchestra will be joined by soprano Harriet Fraser, tenor Robert MacNeil and bass-baritone David Stoneman. The performance also features use of a fortepiano, a historical instrument with a different sound from the modern piano. The fortepiano secured for this month’s concerts comes from the same orchestra that manufactured the instrument Haydn rented for The Creation’s London premiere.

The Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to present a rare complete performance of the cheerful and irresistible choral-orchestral work.

“Haydn’s sense of humor, love of surprises, and ear for cheerful melodies make The Creation a thoroughly delightful adventure for the performers and the audience alike,” Rubenstein said. “Not often do music lovers have the opportunity to hear the entire work live, so this concert, featuring an expanded chorus, a full orchestra, and three world-class soloists, is must-hear music.”

Rubenstein has directed the Long Beach Chorale since 2003. In December, the Long Beach Chorale had the honor of giving the United States premiere performance of Cecilia McDowall’s Magnificat.

The Long Beach Gazette’s Jim Ruggirello wrote of a recent show, “Long Beach music lovers should be packing the house for the Long Beach Chorale, whose innovative programming, musical excellence and gorgeous sound continue to enchant their devoted followers. Yes, Long Beach Chorale does things differently. And they do it very well.” Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra concerts have been at the top of Ruggirello’s Top 10 lists for the past two years.

The audience is invited to join members of the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra for a reception after the performance. Refreshments and desserts will be available and guests can bid on raffle prizes.

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