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05-05-2009, 01:48 PM
NFSO Season Finale, Performance of Haydn's "The Creation" May 9

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 22nd season
in grand fashion as more than 150 instrumentalists and vocalists join
together to perform Franz Josef Haydn's oratorio The Creation on May 9
at 7:30 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of
Northwest Florida State College. The Creation concert will feature the
Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus and three prestigious guest soloists
in performance with the symphony. The Tokyo Oratorio Society who had
been previously scheduled to appear will not be part of the program due
to international travel restrictions.

Rink noted that Haydn's Creation, completed in 1799, is perhaps his
greatest work and vividly depicts the events described in the biblical
text of Genesis. "From the opening orchestral sounds of Chaos until the
final triumphant chorus praising God for all he has created, Haydn's
work is one of spiritual optimism. In it we hear the composer's musical
realizations of a sunrise, the sounds of great whales, birds, lions and
tigers and even the lowly worm, said Rink. The performance will be sung
in an English translation done by the late Robert Shaw.

Tickets are now available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office
for $22.50 each for adults and $16 each for youth age 18 or younger.
Tickets are available in person, by phone at (850) 729-6000 or online
from the box office website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org (http://www.mattiekellyartscenter.org/) or the
symphony website at www.nfsymphony.org (http://www.nfsymphony.org/). Tickets are also available at
the door on the night of the concert starting at 6:00 p.m. Currently
enrolled NWF State College students may receive one complimentary ticket
per valid student ID, in person from the box office only.

Joining the orchestra and combined choruses for the concert will be
three outstanding soloists; soprano Jane Redding, tenor Adam Kirkpatrick
and bass Robert Honeysucker all under the direction of NFSO music
director Jeffrey Rink.

Redding, hailed for her dazzling virtuosity and charismatic charm,
amazes audiences with her near-flawless musicianship, thrilling high
notes, and wide-ranging versatility. She is the recipient of numerous
awards, including a national winner in the coveted MacAllister Awards.
Dr. Kirkpatrick has sung leading and secondary operatic roles and
concerts professionally in numerous theaters throughout the United
States. He is the recipient of several awards and represented the US in
the Seoul International Voice Competition in 2007. Honeysucker is
recognized internationally for his brilliant opera, concert and recital
performances. His voice has inspired critical acclaim: "...powerful,
passionate and plaintive....a voice that possesses great richness and
warmth." Honored as the 1995 "Musician of the Year" by The Boston Globe
critic Richard Dyer, Mr. Honeysucker has also been a winner of the
National Opera Association Artists Competition and a recipient of the
New England Opera Club Jacopo Peri Award.

Established in 1987, the NFSO is the region's premiere professional
orchestra and performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine and
Performing Arts Center in Niceville to provide an optimal acoustic
experience for symphony patrons as the orchestra performs in the
state-of-the-art main stage theater at the arts complex. For additional
information see the symphony's website at www.nfsymphony.org (http://www.nfsymphony.org/).