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Sunshine Coast Choral Society celebrates nature
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 17 March 2007

  At a time when we are confronted daily with worrying news of global warming and   environmental changes and are made increasingly aware of the destructive impact the human race is having on planet Earth, a group of Sunshine Coast residents is singing joyfully of the wonders of nature, the beauty of the Earth and Man’s place in it.

The Sunshine Coast Choral Society is in rehearsal for a performance of ‘The Creation’, Joseph Haydn’s great work for choir, soloists, and full symphony orchestra, under the dynamic conductor Rita Paczian

First performed in 1898, about a decade before the Industrial Revolution, this work paints vivid musical pictures depicting the Earth as a place of richness, beauty and delight. Man is exalted as a ‘wondrous being’ full of goodness and wisdom, ruler of all Nature, and rejoicing in God’s glorious work.

Society President Helen Boyd says ‘The Choir has been inspired by this jubilant, colourful and lyrical affirmation of the beauty of Creation.    Under Rita’s direction we have felt its magic as we have worked together over the past two months to interpret this work and master the technical skills it demands.    At a time of worldwide gloom over the state of the planet, we are delighting in its innocent joy and filled with optimism that the fragile beauty of the Earth can and will be preserved.’

Of the work itself, Artistic and Musical Director Rita Paczian says “The Creation belongs to the 10 musical works I love best.    Its opening movement “The Chaos” pictures the earth with amazing harmonies and effects before nature and man were created.    It is surely spell-binding!”

Soprano Anita Parakh- Morgan, who received a standing ovation singing opera arias last year, tenor Neil Mason, and Bass Shelden Mathieson will sing the many melodious arias, as well as playing the roles of Adam and Eve.

The large Suncoast Symphony orchestra will include full trumpets and trombones and even a contra-bassoon that can be heard when the lion roars.

The Creation will be performed at 3pm on Sunday 29 April in the Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sportsmans Parade Bokarina.

Tickets $28;  Early Birds, Concessions, groups of over 10: $25; Students with ID, $10; children free.

Booking enquiries to Shirley (phone: 07 54564236 or email:

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 March 2007 )
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