Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sursa Hall, Ball State University
Come hear Masterworks Chorale perform this incredible oratorio with texts from the Biblical book of Genesis and from John Milton's Paradise Lost.
"I always love the performances."
--comments from our audience members
Program Notes - Haydn’s The Creation
Last year, the Masterworks Chorale gave a performance of the world’s most favorite oratorio, G.F. Handel’s Messiah, to a large number of audience members in Sursa Hall. Because of the audience’s enthusiastic response, it seemed that the Chorale should next introduce Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, a composition many music experts consider to be the world’s second most favorite oratorio.
From the astonishing opening, representing ‘Chaos’, the work takes us through the Biblical description of the Creation closing with the love of Adam and Eve. While some of the sentiments in this final section may, on the surface, appear outdated to present-day listeners, those moments are best considered when realizing that in earlier times, the organization of life was far different from ours and that spouses had specific obligations towards the other so that a family could survive. The admiration that Adam and Eve have for each other as shown here is inspiring, and could certainly be applicable in today’s society.
Come join us for an evening of oratorio on Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 in Sursa Hall.