Now, with degree in hand, he is heading to Boston to literally transform the city's Jordan Hall at Chorus pro Musica's conclusion of its 63rd concert season, Chiaroscuro:
Sessions, who has already spent hundreds of hours on the Creation project, will be visually intensifying the concert with light and images projected onto the architecturally significant organ pipes and walls of Jordan Hall, behind and around the chorus. The chorus and orchestra will be mostly in darkness, except for small book lights. Joss's original video projections are a mixture of abstract computer-generated light beams and shapes that he has designed by hand, electronically painting them one by one. These abstractions occasionally coalesce into concrete images filling Jordan Hall with magical light and ethereal images. With this concert, Chorus pro Musica takes a bold, inventive and creative leap forward--and what better than to do so with one of the most significant of Haydn's works, The Creation.
Choral and board member David McCue introduced the idea to Dr. Betsy Burleigh and the board of Chorus pro Musica last fall, "as a way of bringing the world of classical music into the 21st Century," says McCue. "In addition, I have invited members of the World Presidents Organization to attend the concert. A gala dinner with the WPO will precede the concert in NEC's Williams Hall."
"Composers like Handel and Haydn were innovators in their times," continued McCue, "and not many people know this, but at one point Handel paid a couple of men to collect 1000 larks to be released into the audience during a performance of his first opera! That is why I think it will be wonderful to use today's technologies in a similar way to expand on The Creation's musical, environmental and spiritual levels."
Joseph Haydn's Creation is one of the most popular oratorios by any composer and indisputably one of Haydn’s greatest works. The work vividly depicts the creation of the world in seven days as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and in Milton’s classic, Paradise Lost. Haydn's evocation of the primordial chaos is a triumph of orchestral writing, and his depiction of the creation of light is a thrilling tour de force. The chorus, soloists and orchestra bring forth awesome, touching and sometimes amusing pictures of floods, forests, the sun and moon, animals from insects to whales and finally Adam and Eve. The scope and creative energy are astounding. Haydn spent more time on this composition than on any other of his works; he wrote, “I spent much time over it because I expect it to last for a long time.”
The Creation, written between 1796 and 1798, is set for three vocal soloists (soprano, tenor, and bass, with an incidental solo for alto in the finale), four-part chorus and a large classical orchestra consisting of 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, alto, tenor, and bass trombones, timpani and the usual string sections of first and second violins, violas, cellos and double basses. For the recitatives a harpsichord or fortepiano is also used.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory of Music
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115
Joseph Haydn: The Creation
Tickets: $17, $27, $42, $87, including the $2 Jordan Hall preservation fee
Reserved seat tickets may be selected and purchased at www.choruspromusica.org or by phone (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 800-658-4CPM (800-658-4276)