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Spring Masterworks Concert
Following a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Westminster Abbey in 1791, Haydn was fired up to write his own oratorio on a similarly large-scale biblical theme. The music displays Haydn’s unfussy optimism and is arguably some of the most memorable and life-enhancing music ever to have been written.
“Imagine an oratorio with the awesome intricacy of Bach’s Mass in B minor yet the sublime contentment of Mozart’s Magic Flute and you will have some idea of The Creation.”
Anthony Tomasini, The New York Times
Outstanding Vocal Soloists
Berkshire Lyric has a long tradition of bringing in outstanding artist/singers. Soprano Maureen O'Flynn, tenor William Hite and bass Woodrow Bynum will sing the dramatic solos laced through this epic score. Click on their names and follow the link to learn more about them.
Violin Virtuoso Yevgeny Kutik
Berkshire native Yevgeny Kutik will be the concert-master for The Creation and also the featured soloist/conductor for the Haydn Violin Concerto No. 1. With a “dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique” (The New York Times), Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik has captivated audiences worldwide with an old-world sound that communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.
Yevgeny was a Berkshire Lyric competition winner as a teen, went on to be a three-time Tanglewood Fellow, and is now enjoys a growing solo career that includes several acclaimed CD's. His mother and first teacher, Alla Zernitskaya, is also the director of the well- known string program at Pittsfield High School. Five of her top PHS strings will sit in with our professional orchestra for the Creation.
High School Choruses Join In
Two of the Berkshire's most outstanding high school choruses, Monument Mountain Regional High School (Julie Bickford director) and Mount Everett Regional High School (Chris Clark director), will be joining the Berkshire Lyric Chorus on the Ozawa stage.
Berkshire's Premiere Children's Choruses Join Forces
The Berkshire Children’s Chorus will join our own Blafield Children’s Chorus in the brief Haydn Te Deum to open the concert. It is a short festive work written about the same time as the Creation, and will be sung with full strings, brass and timpani. What a fantastic experience for seventy young local singers.