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Nov. 6, 2000
OSWEGO -- The Oswego Festival Chorus, under the direction of Julie Pretzat of Oswego State's music department, will present Franz Joseph Haydn's oratorio "The Creation" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at St. Paul's Church on East Mohawk Street in Oswego.
"This work is considered one of the greatest oratorios of all time," Pretzat said.
The text follows the story of the creation of mankind using texts from the Book of Genesis and John Milton's "Paradise Lost." Haydn modeled the work on the oratorios of George Frederic Handel, such as "Messiah."
Three soloists in the role of the archangels Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael tell the story. The chorus rejoices in song at the end of each day of creation. There are many examples of colorful text painting in the orchestra as wind, rain, snow, insects, birds and other animals are created.
Soloists for this performance are Juliana Sabol, chair of the voice department at Syracuse University, Mac Sabol and Kent Bradshaw. All three are regular performers in the Central New York area. They have performed with the Oswego Festival Chorus, College Choir, Oswego Opera Theatre, Masterworks Chorale, Syracuse Opera and Auburn Chamber Orchestra.
Organ and chamber orchestra will accompany the choir and soloists.
Tickets for the performance are available from the Tyler Box Office before Friday, Nov. 17. For reservations, call 312-2141. Tickets are also available from Festival Chorus members or at the door.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $5 for students over 10 and seniors. Children under 10 are free of charge.
For more information, call 341-2130.
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CONTACT: Julie Pretzat, 341-2983

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