Joseph Haydn introduced The Creation in 1798, and it is considered by many to be his masterpiece. The oratorio celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical book of Genesis, leading listeners from darkness and chaos, through dissonance and harmony, to the earthly paradise of the Garden of Eden. The music ranges from hushed, charming passages to powerful crescendos as it portrays the evolution of the world and its inhabitants. According to ProMusica Arizona’s Artistic Director, Dr. Adam Stich, The Creation was selected as the group’s final concert of the season because “It is exciting and full of life—you can hear (in the orchestration) the running lions and leaping stallions, as well as the chaos and the ‘big bang.”
ProMusica Arizona was joined on Sunday, May 18 by aerialists from the Circus School of Arizona (CSA) to add their aerial artistry and visual drama to the concert. CSA aerialists have performed nationally and internationally with such world-renowned groups as Cirque du Soleil and Cavalia’s Odysseo, and have supported events at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Garden.