An auditioned chorus with professional music director, soloists, orchestra, and accompanists, The Choral Society of the Hamptons has been presenting high-quality choral music on the East End of Long Island, New York since it was founded in 1946 by Charlotte Rogers Smith, a local church choir director.
Haydn’s The Creation
Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7pm
Parish Hall, Most Holy Trinity Church, East Hampton
Mark Mangini, Conductor
With The Greenwich Village Chamber Singers
Alison Davy, Soprano
Dominic Inferrera, Baritone
Enrico Lagasca, Bass
Brimming with the composer’s characteristic optimism, The Creation is Franz Joseph Haydn’s musical representation of the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost. It also contains some of the most experimental music of the time.
The sun, moon, seas, plants, animals, and humankind are evoked in Haydn’s joyous musical description of the universe. Influenced by Handel’s oratorios, which he heard when visiting England, he conceived the work in both English and German. A chorus of 100 voices, with The Greenwich Village Chamber Singers joining the Choral Society, along with a 30-piece orchestra, will perform a traditional English version, with some small changes to modernize the language. With the exception of Handel’s Messiah, The Creation is the most frequently performed oratorio. It is the crowning achievement of Haydn’s career.