Tuscarawas Philharmonic to continue 74th season Feb. 7DOVER -- The Tuscarawas Philharmonic, with the Philharmonic Chorus, continues its 74th season Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7 with Haydn's joyous and beloved oratorio "The Creation." The great work of Haydn's life, "The Creation" was begun in 1796, when Haydn was sixty-five years of age, and finished in 1798. When urged to bring it to a conclusion more rapidly, he replied, "I spend much time over it, because I intend it to last a long time." The result is a supreme masterpiece of optimism and joy that has endured and continues to thrill audiences today. The work was received with elation by its first audiences in Vienna-excited audiences had to be asked not to demand encores of any movements so as not to interrupt the dramatic flow-and it quickly went international, immediately achieving wider renown than Handel's "Messiah." A performance conducted by Antonio Salieri in 1808, was Haydn's last appearance in public, at which Beethoven kissed him on the forehead. Eyewitnesses describe Haydn, carried in sitting in an armchair, his entrance greeted by trumpets and timpani and calls of "Long live Haydn!" A spontaneous outburst of applause during the performance at the words "And there was light," brought tears to the composer, overcome by emotion.Soloists Cynthia Spiegel, soprano, of Chicago, Robert Frankenberry, tenor, of Pittsburgh, and Kenneth Kramer, baritone, of Canton will be featured.Concert sponsor is Barbour Publishing, Inc; artist sponsors are Park Village Health Care Center and an anonymous donor; with artist co-sponsor Dr. Dan and Mary Miller.The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Dover High Auditorium (corner of Walnut and W. Sixth streets in Dover). Single admission tickets are available at the door for each concert at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students, and at the following ticket outlet locations: Buehler Food Markets (Dover, New Phila), Village Pharmacy (Sugarcreek) and The Welcome Center (CVB) across from the New Phila Court House.Tickets can be ordered online or by mail (order form printable from the Web site). No online sales the day of concert. Tickets orders received too late to mail will be held for pick-up at the box office the night of the first concert.More information or season brochures may be requested by phoning (330) 477-6153 or (330) 364-1843.Ticket and concert information is available at www.TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org.