i believe in miracles – parts I and II

over a hundred years after the creation premiered, a critic in 1904 described the work as possessing “…a boldness whose edge has not been blunted by the passing of a long century.”  well buddy, the beaver is here to report that after two long centuries, joe haydn’s primordial oratorio is still unbelievably bold and quite razor-sharp.  oh man, all 59 bars of that big bang introduction were so freakin’ wonderful – at times, it felt as though newly-birthed stars were bolting from the schnitzer stage, swooshing just over our heads and out the back doors.  and great caesar’s ghost ~ what is one to say about the *portland symphonic choir?  these 80-some voices (in the role of heavenly pips) perfectly illuminated the creation of light (surprise!) and pretty much sang the most gorgeous praises to the big man upstairs you’ll ever hear.  this choir is a p-town treasure, and if you couldn’t make their final seasonal appearance with the band this weekend, you unfortunately missed one of the local vocal highlights of 2012.  [i know: already]  all of this before intermission?  yep, i’m tellin’ ya’… the program’s first half was a g.d. miracle.


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