Composer: Christopher Theofanidis
Creation/Creator, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra (2015)
Christopher Theofanidis was born in Dallas, Texas, on December 18, 1967. The first performance of Creation/Creator took place at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 23, 2015, with Robert Spano conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Creation/Creator is scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass solos, actor, actress, two flutes (2nd dbl piccolo), two oboes, (2nd dbl English horn), three clarinets (2nd dbl alto saxophone/3rd dbl bass clarinet), two bassoons (2nd dbl contrabassoon), four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, harp, electric guitar, electric bass, synthesizer, timpani, three percussion, and strings. Approximate performance time is 81 minutes.
The world premiere performances of Creation/Creator took place at Atlanta Symphony Hall on April 23 and 25, 2015. These performances (and world premiere recording of the work for the ASO Media label) were a continuation of the long and treasured collaboration between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Robert Spano, and the distinguished American composer and educator, Christopher Theofanidis. Maestro Spano led the Houston Symphony in the 2000 world premiere of Mr. Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body. Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra later recorded Rainbow Body for Telarc Records, and have frequently performed the work, both in Atlanta, and on tour. In 2001, Robert Spano led the Brooklyn Philharmonic in Mr. Theofanidis’s one-act comic opera, The Cows of Apollo (libretto by William Hoffman). In the summer of 2015 at the Aspen Music Festival, Maestro Spano led a performance of The Cows of Apollo, paired with Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style.
In 2005, Maestro Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed the world premiere of Mr. Theofanidis’s The Here and Now (2005), commissioned by Robert Spano. In addition to performances in Atlanta and a recording for Telarc, the artists presented the New York premiere of The Here and Now at Carnegie Hall in April of 2008. The Here and Now was a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary Composition in 2007. In 2009, Maestro Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra gave the world premiere of Mr. Theofanidis’s Symphony, commissioned by the Orchestra with the generous participation of The Savannah Music Festival and the Immanuel & Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. Maestro Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recorded the Theofanidis Symphony for ASO Media. In September of 2010, Maestro Spano and the Orchestra premiered Mr. Theofanidis’s Une Certaine Joie de Vivre, composed in celebration of Robert Spano’s 10th anniversary as Music Director. And on March 2, 2017, Maestro Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed the Atlanta premiere of a work the Orchestra co-commissioned, Mr. Theofanidis’s Dreamtime Ancestors.