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SHEDDING LIGHT

"The Creation" was a sensation when Haydn wrote it. He was an old man by that time, but he had more new ideas than ever, and the brilliant, luminous oratorio was, in some respects, ahead of its time.

In "The Creation," Haydn paints impressive tone pictures of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the birds of the air and the beasts of the field (listen for the honking oxen) and, most enchantingly, the magical moment when God creates light. When the piece was new, it was next to impossible to get tickets. Audiences were moved to tears and would stumble from the theater in amazement, unable to articulate what they had heard.

As powerful now as it ever was, "The Creation," still packs mighty power. It will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and conductor L. Brent Scott as part of the orchestra's ongoing Haydn festival. You won't find a better way to celebrate spring, or the genius of a man whose spirit remained forever young.

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