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Events

Haydn's The Creation

February 25, 2014

The Colorado State University Choirs and Chamber Orchestra present Joseph Haydn's masterpiece, 'The Creation,' in which three soloists represent angels who narrate and comment on the successive six days of creation.

Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The Colorado State University Choirs and Chamber Orchestra present Haydn’s The Creation in concert.

Tickets

  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/for youth (under 18)
  • $12/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787) or online.

Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

The story

Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, is one of the great masterpieces of the choral/orchestral repertoire. The piece blends Baroque elements from Handel’s oratorio tradition with Classical orchestral forms and structure, and foreshadows nineteenth century romanticism, especially with the opening depiction of chaos.

Dramatizing the story from Genesis, The Creation musically represents the six days of creation and the elements created upon each day.

Structured in three parts, the piece is scored for soprano, tenor, and bass soloists along with a four part chorus and a symphonic orchestra.

The three soloists represent angels who narrate and comment on the successive six days of creation: Gabriel (soprano), Uriel (tenor), and Raphael (bass).

The history

Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He was inspired to write a large oratorio during his visits to England in 1791–1792 and 1794–1795. The Creation was then completed between the years of 1796 and 1798.

This piece has been recognized as one of the most iconic compositions ever written as it pulls from not only the Biblical book of Genesis but also the book of Psalms, as well as John Milton's epic Paradise Lost.

The three soloists narrate from these texts but the orchestra also often plays alone, notably in the many episodes of word painting that Haydn is known for: the appearance of the sun, the creation of various beasts, and above all in the overture, the famous depiction of the chaos before the creation.


Contact: Mike Solo
E-mail: mike.solo@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5293