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Alma Symphony, Choirs Perform ‘Creation’ Masterwork

More than 140 combined musicians and singers take the stage to perform Haydn’s musical masterpiece that celebrates the creation of the world.

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The Alma College Choirs and Alma Symphony Orchestra join together to perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s musical masterpiece that celebrates the biblical creation of the world as described in the book of Genesis.

The concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8 in the Remick Heritage Center on the Alma College campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“‘The Creation’ is basically a biblical opera, sung in concert rather than staged as a play, that describes the creation of the world,” says Will Nichols, director of the Alma College Choirs. “The work showcases the transformation from chaos to the forming of the earth, the creation of the seas and dry land, and the populating of the earth with the abundance of life.”

The performance will feature 21 student soloists along with faculty soprano Victoria Walker.

“The Alma Choirs and Alma Symphony Orchestra have collaborated on a choral/orchestral masterwork each year in April since 1994,” says Nichols. “It has proven to be a wonderful capstone to the musical education of our students and, we hope, a thrilling musical and cultural experience for the college and Alma community.”

The more than 90 members of the combined Alma College choirs encompass the College Chorale, Glee Club and Alma Choir. The approximately 50-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.

Story published on March 21, 2018