Haydn’s The Creation
Thu Mar 30 — Sat Apr 1, 2023
More than two decades have passed since English conductor Paul McCreesh stood onstage at Orchestra Hall, and his return comes with an oratorio that has not been performed by the Orchestra in just as long. The Minnesota Chorale takes the stage with the Orchestra for Haydn’s The Creation, featuring soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor Robert Murray and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. It will be a joyful celebration of new life, community voices, and nature all together—a perfect program to welcome spring.
A Few Things To Know
- Paul McCreesh is the founder and artistic director of the Gabrieli Consort and Players. He is an avid supporter of expanding access to the arts and providing music education opportunities for all.
- Soprano Joelle Harvey and tenor Robert Murray make their Minnesota Orchestra debuts in these performances.
- In 2023, the Minnesota Chorale enters its sixth decade of performing choral music in the Twin Cities.
Date & Time
The Creation1 min note
One Minute Note
Late in life, Haydn completed his massive output of symphonies and explored new creative challenges, none more ambitious than The Creation, which was modeled after Handel’s oratorios. Expressing the view that nature is the supreme testament of God, it is assembled primarily from the Christian and Hebrew Book of Genesis and biblical Psalms, as well as Milton’s Paradise Lost. The first two parts describe the Judeo-Christian creation story through declamatory recitatives and arias and ariosos that constitute miniature tone paintings, while the concluding third part focuses on an extended tableau for chorus and soloists that places the listener in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve in their state of innocence. Along the way we go on a musical safari through the natural world that evokes creatures ranging from whales to a growling lion to lowly insects and conjures howling winds, thunder and lightning. The Creation’s libretto was issued in English and German, and these performance feature the English text as revised by this week’s conductor Paul McCreesh in a version that addresses flaws in the original and improves accessibility for English-speaking listeners.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, led by Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård—who is serving as music director designate during the 2022-23 season—is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings and broadcasts, educational engagement programs, and commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of the future. Founded in 1903, the Orchestra has an extensive history of touring throughout Minnesota, nationally and abroad, including high-profile visits in recent years to Cuba, Europe and South Africa. Recording projects undertaken in the past two decades include complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Sibelius and Mahler, all recorded under Osmo Vänskä, who is now the Orchestra’s conductor laureate.
The Minnesota Chorale has served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal chorus since 2004 and is in its 28th season under the leadership of Kathy Saltzman Romey. Founded in 1972, the Chorale is Minnesota’s preeminent symphonic chorus, with a roster of over 200 singers. Best known for its work with the two major orchestras of the Twin Cities—including collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra in performing, recording and international touring—the ensemble is equally dedicated to programs that build and enrich community. The Chorale continues to explore new artistic directions and collaborative opportunities, while earning the highest critical acclaim for its work on the concert stage.
Plan your visit
- Pre-concert activities
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- Directions & Parking
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When: Thur Mar 30 - Sat Apr 1 | Pre-Concert
Where: Auditorium (Thurs) and Target Atrium (Fri/Sat)
Join Valerie Little, Minnesota Orchestra's Assistant Principal Librarian, in a conversation with vocal soloists featured on today's program.
Know Before You Go
An engaging performance awaits, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Make this visit your own with food and activity options. Browse these helpful tips, and when your concert date arrives, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Directions & Parking
All the information you need to know for getting to and from Orchestra Hall. Parking is just steps away from Orchestra Hall in the city-owned and skyway-connected 11th and Marquette Ramp.
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