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Music: Festival finale is Haydn’s ‘Creation’ masterpiece

Soprano Maria Valdes is among the soloists in Bellingham Festival of Music’s final concert, July 19 at WWU’s Performing Arts Center.
Soprano Maria Valdes is among the soloists in Bellingham Festival of Music’s final concert, July 19 at WWU’s Performing Arts Center. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A performance of Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center, is the final concert in the 2015 Bellingham Festival of Music. The work will be performed by the Festival Orchestra, Festival Chorus, and guest soloists Morris Robinson, Ilana Davidson, John Tibbetts, Maria Valdes and Richard Clement, under the direction of Maestro Michael Palmer.

Written by Haydn between 1797 and 1798, “The Creation” is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost.

The Festival Orchestra is comprised of world class musicians from major North American orchestras. The Festival Chorus is made up of singers from Whatcom and Skagit counties and Canada.

A free pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 in the PAC Concert Hall.

Tickets, $12 to $45, can be reserved at 360-650-6146, tickets.wwu.edu, or the PAC box office. Details: bellinghamfestival.org, 360-201-6621.

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