Sing Out!

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.

Paula Ring Zerkle directs the Moravian Choir during its performance in Merkin Hall in New York. Above, the choir members head for the bus after the concert.

Photos: John Kish IV