Santa Barbara Master Chorale sings Haydn's The Creation
Composed between 1797 and 1798, this work was the culminating point of Haydn’s last great decade of composition. The libretto, written by Baron Gottfried van Swieten, celebrates the creation of the world, mainly as described in Genesis and John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The first performance in 1798 was conducted by Haydn himself.
In parts I and II, three soloists represent the archangels Gabriel, soprano Christine Hollinger; Uriel, tenor Bryan Lane; and Raphael, bass Michael Shasberger. In part III, bass and soprano soloists represent Adam and Eve. Throughout the work, the chorus presents commentary as heavenly hosts.
The Creation was published in 1800 with text in both English and German. It is still performed today in one language or the other.
This performance will be at First Presbyterian Church, 21 East Constance Ave. Tickets are $22 general admission, $20 seniors and disabled, $12 college students with ID, and free for children in K-12. They can be purchased at Chaucer’s Books, Eventbrite.com, www.sbmasterchorale.org, and at the door.