Music Director Steven Larsen and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra perform Joseph Haydns The Creation at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Coronado Theatre.
The Creation, considered one of the best oratorios in the choral repertoire, recounts the six days of creation as told in the Bible and in Paradise Lost by John Milton. The RSO is joined by the 100 members of the Mendelssohn Chorale in telling the epic tale of God creating Adam and Eve, the sun, the moon, the stars, the Earth and all its creatures.
The Mendelssohn Club, under the direction of Martha Bein, appears frequently with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, having most recently sung Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem during the 2002-2003 season. Founded in 1975, the choir is composed of choral music-lovers from the greater Rockford area, and is under the auspices of the Mendelssohn Club of Rockford.
Featured soloists for this performance include soprano Kimberly Jones, tenor Thomas Dymit, and baritone Paul Grizzell. Jones is an alumna of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists and has performed with many leading opera companies throughout the United States including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. Dymit is an experienced musician, highly regarded for his sensitive interpretation of oratorio and orchestral pieces. He has performed extensively in the Midwest, appearing in many of the major music capitals of the world.
Tickets for this concert are available by calling the Rockford Symphony Orchestra box office at 965-0049 or online at www.rockfordorchestra.com. Ticket prices are $15, $28 and $36.