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Musical Voices Maui to perform Haydn’s ‘The Creation’

By Staff | Aug 16, 2012

Conducted by Robert E. Wills, this one-time performance is part of the Maui Masterworks Festival 2012.

KAHULUI – Musical Voices Maui will present “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.

The show will feature 130 orchestra and choral members, with soloists Leighanna Locke, John Mount, Lisa Paulson, Laurence Paxton and Gary Shin-Leavitt.

“The Creation” is an oratorio considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece.

It depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Part I celebrates the creation of primal light, the Earth, heavenly bodies, water, weather and plant life.

Part II celebrates the creation of sea creatures, birds, animals and man.

Part III takes place in the Garden of Eden and narrates the first happy hours of Adam and Eve.

Preceding the performance at 2:30 p.m. in the theater, Maestro Wills and pianist Beth Fobbe-Wills will lead a conversation about the piece and demonstrate some of the things to listen for.

“Think of it as Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Young People’s Concerts,’ ” said Wills.

Tickets are priced from $25 and can be purchased by calling 242-SHOW or visiting www.mauiarts.org. Students with proper identification will receive a 25 percent discount.

Musical Voices Maui is a 501(c)(3) community organization. For information, call Irene Bowie at 873-0461.