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St. Catherine Choral Society performs Haydn oratorio

Director Patricia C. Connors leads the St. Catherine Choral Society in rehearsal in this file photo.
Director Patricia C. Connors leads the St. Catherine Choral Society in rehearsal in this file photo.
St. Catherine University.

The St. Catherine Choral Society, under the direction of Patricia C. Connors, will present Haydn’s great oratorio, The Creation, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis.

Joining the 65-voice choir in performance will be soloists Kristie Tigges, soprano (who is also a member of the Music Department faculty),  Andrew Barrett, tenor, and Seth Keeton, bass, along with an orchestra of professional musicians. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and they will be available at the door. Admission is free for those with a St. Catherine University ID.

From its opening sinfonia, intended to depict a universe in chaos, through the Genesis story of the seven days of creation and ending with lovesong duets for Adam and Eve and portents of The Fall, the score is colorful and jubilant. As Haydn intended from the start for English-speaking audiences, the piece will be sung in English, in a translation created by Robert Shaw.

Founded in 1993, and comprising the voices of men and women of the community as
well as St. Catherine students, faculty and staff, the Choral Society is known for its joy and
artistry in presenting new and classic choral/orchestral works.

To learn more about the ensemble, visit the St. Catherine Choral Society website.

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Oct. 22, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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