Haydn The Creation
May 24-26 | 2019
Matthew Halls CONDUCTS
Carolyn Sampson SOPRANO
James Gilchrist TENOR
Joshua Hopkins BARITONE
Dallas Symphony Chorus: Joshua Habermann DIRECTOR
The Creation (Sung in English)
Haydn’s most famous and enduring masterpiece is at once a deeply personal statement of his faith, and a massive, jubilant hymn of praise.
“The [Dallas Symphony] Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Chorus gave a vivid, glowing and calmly assured performance.” The New York Times
To close the 2018/19 season, we have programmed Haydn’s magnificent oratorio The Creation to include our full, 200-voice Dallas Symphony Chorus and the full complement of musicians in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Inspiration for the composition of The Creation came to Haydn from the impressive performances of Handel oratorios which Haydn had experienced in London’s Westminster Abbey in the 1790s involving large vocal and instrumental forces. For the first public performances of The Creation in the Burgtheater in Vienna in March 1799, Haydn wanted similarly large forces and this featured multiple players on the notated parts. In our performances, with guest conductor Matthew Halls, audiences will hear doublings of the wind and brass parts (but not doublings of the trombone parts), and also two sets of timpani will be deployed at appropriate moments in the score. A fortepiano will be used for the recitatives, and the Lay Family Concert Organ will be in use during the full choruses. With this recreation of the scale of the premiere performances, we aim for a grand and vibrant presentation of this great oratorio in the opulence of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. In the final chorus, “Praise the Lord”, the three vocal soloists will be joined by Cammie Jo Hatcher from the Dallas Symphony Chorus to sing the contralto part in the closing vocal quartet.