Washington Bach Consort will Present Haydn’s ‘Die Schöpfung’

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington Bach Consort is set to conclude its 2023-24 season with Haydn’s “Die Schöpfung.”

The concert will be held on April 21 at the National Presbyterian Church. Dana Marsh conducts soloists soprano Michele Kennedy, tenor Thomas Cooley, and bass Edmund Milly.

The piece, which was completed five decades after Bach’s death, was influenced by the high Baroque style of George Frederic Händel. 

In a statement Marsh said, “Haydn is a vastly underrated composer, in my view, and Creation reveals him at the very top of his craft, having been influenced strongly by the oratorios of Handel during his ‘celebrity’ visits to England in the early and mid-1790s. Orchestrally and chorally the work is an undeniable tour de force, with certain attributes of the writing reaching well into the nineteenth century.”