BJSO concludes Golden Anniversary season

Beloit—The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra will conclude its Glorious Golden Anniversary Season on April 24 and 25. The final concerts will be a presentation of The Creation, by Franz Joseph Haydn.

The Creation is the first bi-lingual musical work ever published. Divided into three parts—the beginning based upon the story of the creation as told in Genesis, and interpreted by Milton in Paradise Lost, begins with an orchestral interpretation of the Chaos, the time before creation began. The work goes on to tell the story of the six days of creation through the eyes of the angels Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel, and concludes with the introduction of Adam and Eve, who look out upon creation and discover their love for each other.

Originally performed in March of 1799, Haydn wrote The Creation only after Handel, for reasons unknown, chose not to. It was commissioned by a group of wealthy German aristocrats who were attempting to elevate German culture and language through the arts.

According to Maestro Robert Tomaro: “The Beloit Janesville Symphony’s production of The Creation is the culmination of many weeks of practice by the chorus, orchestra and soloists. Beloit College faculty member Greg Milliron has assembled a wonderful chorus of residents from the Stateline area, as well as Beloit College students.” Joining the chorus are soloists Ken Church, Gale Ketteler and Tom Hueber. “We are very fortunate to have soloists of this caliber so close to home,” Tomaro continues. “Ken is a Janesville native who has performed and studied extensively throughout the world. Gale has performed with the Madison Symphony and Madison Opera, and Tom has performed in The Creation and many other roles throughout the Midwest.”

Robert Tomaro is now completing his fifth season as music director of the BJSO. A graduate of Northwestern University and New York University, he holds the Shogren Family Conductorship at Beloit College.

The concert will be performed in Beloit on Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Eaton Chapel, on the Beloit College campus, with a fund-raiser titled “A Creation of Sweet Celebration,” to be held at the Wright Art Museum prior to the Saturday performance. Concerts-goers will have an opportunity to endulge in delectable chocolate prepared by Friends of the Symphony. The performance will be repeated on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m., at First Lutheran Church, 612 N. Randall Ave., Janesville. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the BJSO office at 608-363-2554.

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