Orchestral Institute: A Gala for Creation

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Orchestral Institute: A Gala for Creation

YST commemorates its 20th Anniversary with a gala performance of Haydn's 'Die Schöpfung'.

By Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

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Starts on Sat, 8 Apr 2023 19:30 +08


Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music YST Concert Hall Singapore, Singapore 117376 Singapore

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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

YST Orchestral Institute

YST Chamber Singers

YST Voice Majors


JASON LAI, conductor

TAN SEE HUEY, soprano



LIM HUISHI KIRA (B.Mus2), soprano

JASON SURYAATMAJA (B.Mus2), baritone

CHONG WAI LUN, chorus master



Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Hob. XXI:2


A secret voice whispered to me:

“In this world there are so few happy and contented people; perhaps your labour will become a source

in which the audience,

riddled with the anxieties of the everyday,

will for a while find peace and solace.”

Franz Joseph Haydn, on the inspiration for “The Creation”

Franz Joseph Haydn’s 1798 oratorio, Die Schöpfung (The Creation), demonstrates the composer at the height of his creative powers, writing in a style that looks back – e.g. through its neo-baroque emulation of Handel’s choruses – while forging imaginative ways to move forward: i.e. from the dramatic perspective.

As YST commemorates its 20th Anniversary, Haydn’s fin de siècle contemplation on the creative process itself seems particularly apropos. The Creation’s libretto fuses Biblical texts from Genesis and the Psalms with passages from Milton’s Paradise Lost, reflecting Haydn’s spiritual devotion as well as his embrace of the German Enlightenment. Two hundred years later, and a half-world away, it was a similar enlightened cosmopolitan impulse that inspired the inception of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Come join us, and celebrate this special Gala Concert with Haydn’s joyous Die Schöpfung!


Out of respect for other concertgoers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

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