Colorado is home to a huge array of community choral groups, and this weekend two Boulder-based groups will be presenting the massive masterpiece The Creation, by Joseph Haydn. Jubilate! Sacred Singers will be joined by Flatirons Community Orchestra under the baton of Dr. J. Arturo Gonzalez for performances June 1 and 2.
Assembling such a huge group of talented amateurs is no easy feat (about 100 musicians will be onstage), and the music of Haydn demands precision for the orchestra and singers, with nuanced phrasing for this beautiful and powerful Classical-era piece. Gonzalez calls the groups “the ultimate community musical organizations,” with nearly every person on stage a volunteer. The proceeds of the June 2 concert will go to the Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette.
The Creation is considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece, and features chorus, orchestra, and soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists. Completed in 1798, it was inspired by the great sacred oratorios of G.F. Handel, and tells the Biblical story of the Creation with passages from the books of Genesis and Psalms, and from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The soloists are angels who narrate the events and comment on the actions. Though it was originally composed in German, Haydn approved of an English translation, and Jubilate! will be singing the piece in English.
Both of these community groups have grown since starting, providing a wonderful outlet for the many trained but non-professional musicians in the Boulder area. Audiences have a chance to hear this work of genius twice this weekend in a heartfelt, passionate atmosphere.
Haydn’s The Creation with Jubilate! Sacred Singers and Flatiron Community Orchestra
June 1, 2013 4:00 pm: Boulder Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave, Boulder
June 2, 2013 2:00 pm: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 715 Cabrini Dr, Lafayette