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Creating Haydn’s “The Creation”: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At What It Takes To Perform The Great Oratorio

A conversation with Houston Symphony Chorus Director Betsy Cook Weber about the rehearsal process and more


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"We scheduled an entire retreat down in Galveston where we did nothing but rehearse. A lot of the singers thought retreat meant, you know, swimming pool and spa, and I had to explain to them that ‘retreat' was synonymous with ‘rehearsal,'" says Houston Symphony Chorus Director, Betsy Cook Weber, in a light-hearted moment in our interview about what it takes to prepare the chorus for the monumental work that is Haydn's The Creation, and then to put to it all together with soloists and orchestra under the baton of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Dr. Weber gives us a glimpse of the creative and technical process, from the first rehearsal to the week of the concert, and along the way she shares some of her personal insights on the beloved oratorio.

The Houston Symphony, Chorus and soloists perform Haydn's The Creation on Thursday, September 29, 8pm; Saturday, October 1, 8pm and Sunday, October 2, 2:30pm at Jones Hall.


Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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