“Let there be light”

Faculty member Steve Creswell performed at University of Oregon’s Bach Festival in June, onstage with a very large band presenting Haydn’s “Creation” oratorio on period instruments. When Haydn premiered the work in 1798, there were 120 musicians and 60 choristers in the ensemble, with the orchestra split into 3 mini-orchestras that were phased in and out by Haydn to create suspense and deliver awesomeness.