The Moravian Choir has had a busy spring. For its April concert,
which traditionally features a major work of the choral/orchestral
repertory, it performed Haydn's The Creation, in German. Based on
the Book of Genesis and "Paradise Lost" by Milton, this masterpiece
was written by the composer in the sunset of his life and at the
apex of his composing powers.
On a chilly Saturday in February, the choir and its director, Paula
Ring Zerkle, made their New York debut at Merkin Hall in the Kaufman
Center, a performing arts academy just around the corner from Lincoln
Center. The occasion was a gathering of New York alumni for the
first event of their reconstituted alumni organization.
The group, with student soloists, sang the first half of The Creation.
An alumnisponsored reception followed.
The choir then went on several run-outs, as musicians call a performance
away from home. Its elite ensemble, Vocalis, performed April 7 at
Godfrey Daniels, opening for Sean Altman, formerly of Rockapella.
And the whole group appeared on Tempo, the newsmagazine of Lehigh
Valley PBS, singing excerpts from The Creation that aired April
12 and 15.