Once again this again this year, the Vanier College Music Department will end the 2014 Winter semester with a magnificent choral concert. On May 9, 2014, the Vanier College Choir will present one of the great oratorios of Western music, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation (Die Schöpfung), sung in German and presented in Église Saint-Laurent.
A music-lovers favorite
A favorite among music lovers, Die Schöpfung depicts the creation of the world based on the traditional Judeo-Christian story in the first two parts of the work, and then in the third part follows Adam and Eve walking in the Garden. The oratorio is particularly remarkable because of colorful parts of the orchestra, quite surprising for their time, as well as the exuberance, freshness and joy in the choral voices that participate in the marvel of creation. Moreover, ever true to himself, Haydn constantly uses humor (especially when the animals are created) to musically describe the animal, vegetal and astral kingdoms. Just listen to the cellos and the basses evoke the whales and the Leviathan from the ocean depths.
150 musicians will perform the Oratorio
For this concert, more than 150 musicians and singers will perform together on stage. Given the grand scope of the project, the Vanier choir called on the Chœur du Musée d’Art de Joliette (also directed by Philippe Bourque) to increase the number of singers to 115. For this reason, the concert will also be performed at the Cathédrale de Joliette on May 17th. But don’t miss the chance to see the concert in Montréal!
The concert will feature three excellent soloists: soprano, Tamara Vickerd (classical voice teacher at Vanier College), in the roles of the Archangel Gabriel and of Eve; tenor Antoine Bélanger (heard recently singing in Faust with l’Opéra de Montréal) in the role of the Archangel Uriel, and bass baritone, Alexandre Sylvestre (last heard with the OSM singing a program of Berlioz).
Dedicated to Nadia Turbide
The event is particularly symbolic and important in the history of the Vanier Music Department because the concert is dedicated to Nadia Turbide who will be retiring this year after being Music Department Coordinator from 1998 to 2014, and having worked at Vanier since 1974.
The concert begins at 7:30 PM in Église St-Laurent, 805 Ste-Croix Avenue. General admission. Suggested donation $10. For more information 514-744-7500 x7324.
This concert is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements to complete a DCS in Music.