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First Published in 1994


BJU Symphony Orchestra with Megan Stapleton

Bob Jones University will present Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, April 18-19 in Rodeheaver Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Known as the “Father of the Symphony,” Haydn wrote The Creation, which depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, in 1797-98. The work is structured in three parts and scored for soprano, tenor and bass soloists, a chorus and a symphonic orchestra. It was first performed in Vienna, Austria, in March 1799.

“This project has been a huge collaborative effort with over 200 musicians representing more than 60 different academic programs, not just music majors,” said Dr. Michael Moore, BJU Division of Music chair and conductor for the performances. “It’s a great cross-section of our student body, which is a beautiful feature of our campus culture here at BJU. Exploring this 225-year-old masterpiece together as an academic and artistic community has provided us a unique opportunity to consider what it means to be made, and make, in the image of our Maker.”

“I’m grateful to be working with our Division of Music faculty soloists Dr. Megan Stapleton (soprano) and Dr. David Parker (bass), as well as guest soloist Joshua Wheeker (tenor),” said Moore. “Dr. Andrew Huish has done a terrific job preparing the chorus, supported by our wonderful choral faculty and rehearsal pianists. And it’s been a joy to work with Dr. Daniel Overly (‘12), pianist for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, who will be at the harpsichord for our performances.”

Tickets are $19.79 for adults and $17.70 for children (6–12) and may be purchased through the BJU Programs and Production box office by calling (864) 770-1372 from noon to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday or online through the ShowPass website.