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Mount Washington Valley Choral Society: The Creation

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.
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 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 1791–92 and 1794–95. The Creation was completed between the years of 1796 and 1798 and received its public premier in 1799. 

The piece pulls its dramatized story from John Milton's epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” as well as the Biblical books of Genesis and Psalms. It draws heavily on philosophic ideals of the Age of Enlightenment and was published bi-lingually in German and English. It has been recognized as one of the most iconic compositions ever written, consistently appearing on “best of” lists of choral music, including those from contemporary media entities such as Spotify and Classic FM. American conductor Grant Gershen summed it up well when he said The Creation is “one of the most joyous and life-affirming pieces of music ever written.”

The Mt. Washington Valley Choral Society has been bringing the joy of choral music to the region for eight decades. This special concert celebrates Music Director George Wiese's 10th season with the choir. Inspired by the subject of Haydn's masterwork, MWVCS will donate a portion of the concert's proceeds to Tin Mountain Conservation Center and The World Wildlife Fund, organizations protecting the natural world locally and globally.

Members of the community are welcome to attend an open rehearsal of the music featured in this concert on Saturday, May 11th at 12 noon.