Sunday, January 28, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest mixed voice chorus, will begin its 2018 season with matinee performances on Saturday, January 27 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm of Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, Die Schöpfung (The Creation). There is no better place to experience a concert of great sacred music than the magnificent and inspirational Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY. To bring out the beauty and depth of the text, which is based on the biblical Book of Genesis, the work will be performed in its original German and include full orchestral accompaniment as well as professional soloists.
Music Director/Conductor, Ira Spaulding, promises to offer up such a dynamic performance that even audience members who have heard the piece several times before will leave the concert with the feeling of hearing it for the first time. Spaulding is particularly interested in having the audience discover the many “ear visions” that are part of both the vocal and orchestral parts of the work, such as the chaos that came before the light, the sounds of the Garden of Eden, the heaviness of the large animals that walked upon the earth, and others.
Maestro Spaulding has a 40-year career of performing, conducting and teaching conducting master classes in more than 60 countries all over the world, and currently holds the position of Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York. His latest adventures included instructing talented young singers this past summer in Kurdistan and Lebanon, giving them their first experience with a foreign teacher. Hudson Chorale is pleased to be the beneficiary of his experience and artistic vision.
Soloists include Soprano Sarah Brailey and Tenor Nils Neubert, who thrilled audiences last year in the Chorale’s spring performances of Mozart’s Requiem. New to Hudson Chorale, Baritone Brian Mung Chu (Archangel Raphael/Adam) displays a rich and resonant voice (Monterey Herald) and can be counted on for his vocal and interpretive confidence (Philadelphia Enquirer). Soprano Sarah Brailey (Archangel Uriel/Eve) possesses a radiant, liquid tone and sings in a manner that is sweetly dazzling (NY Times). Tenor Nils Neubert (Archangel Gabriel) produces coloratura pyrotechnics with lyric grace (Finger Lakes Times) and has a clear, effortless high register (East Hampton Star.)
During the majority of his musical career, Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was the most celebrated composer in the world, and is credited with being the father of the symphony and the father of the string quartet. His oratorio, Die Schöpfung, is considered by many to be his greatest musical achievement. It was and is still loved not only by musicians and audiences but also by the composer himself who often conducted the piece. Shortly before his death, Haydn was invited by Beethoven to a performance of the work in his honor, conducted by a longtime friend, Antonio Salieri. Haydn was so moved by his own piece and the performance that he had to leave at the intermission, a testament to the emotional power of this masterwork.
Following the concert, the audience is invited to an informal reception to meet and chat with the conductor, soloists, orchestra and chorus members while enjoying some delicious refreshments, a long-standing Hudson Chorale tradition. Ticket Prices: Advance Sale-$25; Door-$30; Students-$10. Advanced Sale tickets can be purchased on-line at www.HudsonChorale.org by calling 1-800-838-3006. Handicap parking is available at the venue. For additional chorus or event information, visit the chorus website.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll
55 Ryder Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Times: 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm