Berkshire Choral International

Haydn's Seasons Flow from Creation

Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons is an oratorio for chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

Premiering two years after his other famous oratorio,The Creation, it does in many ways seem to be the natural follow-up. Once Creation is born, all the beauty of the natural world differentiates to ensure that there is always something new on display. After the first public performance in May 1801 the oratorio was an immediate popular success. A newspaper correspondent at the time praised particularly "the powerful appearance of colossal visions" that "overwhelmed the boldest expectations.”

The Seasons was based on Scottish poet James Thomson’s cycle of poetry by the same name, published in the 1730s, but whereas Thomson began with Winter, Haydn begins with spring and a chorus of peasant folks rejoicing in Winter’s flight.

Site of the June 16 performance is Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. Seating nearly 1,000, it has been the venue for surprisingly intimate large-scale concerts, dance performances, and theater productions.  With superb acoustic and excellent sightlines, it is considered a jewel in Goucher 's arts crown.