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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Berkshire Choral Festival presents Hadyn's The Creation

Internationally renowned Berkshire Choral Festival



150-member choir to sing oratorio widely considered composer’s masterpiece

Montréal, QC – The internationally renowned Berkshire Choral Festival returns to Montréal following last season’s successful debut to perform Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, for one night only,at the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Friday, July 9, 2010 at 8pm. Led by distinguished music-scholar and conductor Jane Glover, and accompanied by the McGill Chamber Orchestra, more than 150 singers, from around the globe, will perform the masterpiece oratorio of sweeping power and ethereal beauty. The depth and wonder of the tremendous composition will be enhanced by Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, as its acoustic splendor converts the mass of voices and orchestra into a single enveloping experience of nuance and sound.

Montréal is the first of three culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities where the Berkshire Choral Festival will perform, followed by Sheffield, Massachusetts and Scheggino, Italy. Now in its 29thseason, the Festival provides choral singers with the opportunity to live on the sprawling campus of McGill University, in the heart of Montreal, while participating in a weeklong singing intensive from July 2 to July 10, 2010.

Under the direction of revered scholar and conductor Jane Glover, Music Director of Chicago Music of the Baroque and Royal Academy of Music, participants will rehearse daily and take classes in musical history and theory while learning best audition practices and caring for their voice. The week culminates with a mesmerizing performance - Haydn’s The Creation, celebrating the creation of the world as told in Genesis, The Book of Psalms and Paradise Lost. The work is widely considered to be the composer’s most exquisite masterpiece and greatest musical achievement. Its elegant text is revealed through a series of emotionally powerful arias, choral sections, orchestral passages, and transcendent melodies.

The Berkshire Choral Festival will perform one concert only on Friday, July 9 at 8pm at the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Tickets are Adults: $25 and Seniors/Students (with valid ID): $10, and may be purchased online at, or by calling 1.514.780.1245.

About Berkshire Choral Festival

The Berkshire Choral Festival was founded in 1982 with a unique purpose: to provide choral singers with the opportunity to rehearse and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors and with the help of a professional musical staff.

Twenty-eight years later, the Berkshire Choral Festival still holds to this philosophy – that choral music is best when it is studied, absorbed, discussed and mulled over by choristers and conductors together – in total immersion – until it makes sense as a genuine revelation and expression of the human spirit.

About The Creation by Joseph Haydn

Friend to Mozart and teacher to Beethoven, Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) was a prolific and celebrated composer during the Classical period, revered throughout Europe.

His seminal work, The Creation, was inspired by Haydn’s visits to England where he heard Handel’s work and wanted to match both its weight and mature style. The piece – with lyrics sourced from The Book of Genesis, The Book of Psalms and Paradise Lost – is written for three vocal soloists, a four-part chorus, and a large accompanying orchestra. These three soloists represent angels who narrate events of the six days of creation. Part one of the performance represents the creation of light, the earth, the heavenly bodies and water; part two represents the creation of all creatures; and part three explores the innocent happiness of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before their downfall.

About Jane Glover

Music Director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque since 2002, Jane Glover made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s L’Eritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and was Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 to 1985; and she was Artistic Director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991.

In continual demand on the international opera stage, Ms Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Berlin Staatsoper, Royal Danish Opera, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Known chiefly as a Mozart specialist, she has conducted all the Mozart operas regularly, all over the world, since her initial performances of them in Glyndebourne in the 1980s.

Jane Glover studied at the University of Oxford, where, after graduation, she did her D.Phil. on 17th-century Venetian opera. She holds honorary degrees from several other universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. She was created a CBE in the 2003 New Year’s Honours and was appointed a Professor of the University of London in 2010.



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