Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan returns to Music City to conduct performances featuring orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists
Nashville, TN. (October 30, 2017) — The Nashville Symphony Chorus will make its first appearance of the 2017/18 season, joining the orchestra and three vocal soloists on November 3-4 for Joseph Haydn’s epic The Creation, led by British conductor Nicholas McGegan. One of the world’s most respected Baroque specialists and an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), McGegan is well-known to Music City audiences, having previously led the Nashville Symphony and Chorus in performances of Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Tickets start at $20 with the promo code FALL, and the Symphony’s Soundcheck program offers $10 tickets to students in K-12, college, and grad school.
Haydn, an especially prolific composer with more than 100 symphonies to his name, took more than a year-and-a-half to write The Creation, which is considered by many to be his crowning achievement. The piece garnered Haydn the most effusive praise of his career.
The oratorio depicts the creation of the world as described in the book of Genesis across three parts. Part One captures the emergence of light and life from darkness and chaos, before giving way to Part Two, which describes the creation of animals and uses musical motifs to represent a lion, tiger, insects and various other creatures. Part Three concludes Haydn’s masterpiece in the Garden of Eden, depicting Adam and Eve’s first day on Earth.
In addition to drawing on the Bible, the libretto for The Creation also borrows themes from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, with Adam and Eve and the archangels Garbiel, Uriel and Raphael all represented by the vocal soloists in the piece.
Numbering more than 200 members, the all-volunteer Nashville Symphony Chorus was formed in 1963 and is comprised of singers of every age and background from throughout Middle Tennessee. Led by Chorus Director Tucker Biddlecombe, the ensemble will follow The Creation with their popular performances of Handel’s Messiah on December 14-17.
Tickets for Haydn’s Creation may be purchased:
- Online at NashvilleSymphony.org/Creation
- Via phone at 615.687.6400
- At the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office, One Symphony Place in downtown Nashville
This concert is part of the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series. More information and full program notes can be found at: https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/Creation
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 28 recordings on Naxos, which have received 20 GRAMMY® nominations and 11 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 170 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach up to 60,000children and adults each year.