Franz Joseph Haydn, composer of more than 100 symphonies and a whole library of string quartets and other chamber music, is less well known as a choral composer. But he wrote a quite a lot for choirs.
“The Creation,” his greatest oratorio, was said to have been “an immediate and universal success” from the time it premiered, in 1798.
Haydn wrote “The Creation” under the spell of Handel’s music. Haydn had encountered Handel’s choral music on two visits to England in the early 1790s.
Oddly, considering the work’s great fame, the Spokane Symphony has never performed “The Creation.” At least, that’s what available symphony records indicate.
Tonight at the Opera House, the Symphony, the Symphony Chorale and soloists - soprano Andrea Matthews, tenor Frederick Urrey and bassbaritone Gary Relyea - will fill that gap.
For ticket information, see music listings on page 10.