Director Eliza Rubenstein will lead the Long Beach Chorale and Chamber Orchestra in a complete performance of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation at 7pm on Saturday, March 24 and at 4pm on Sunday, March 25 at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 3955 Studebaker Rd.
The 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.
“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 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. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, available online or at the door.