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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Handel and Hadyn Society and new Artistic Director Harry Christophers present 2009-2010 season featuring an international roster of artists

2009-2010 Season opens with the Society debuts of European early music specialists Andreas Scholl and ĮJean-Christophe Spinosi; showcases enticing collaborations with new and returning artists; and features both familiar and lesser-known works, while continuing a commitment to audience development and music education

Boston, Mass. Marking the much anticipated first season with Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the Handel and Haydn Society Americas acclaimed chorus and period instrument orchestra begins its 2009-2010 Season with a series of exciting appearances and innovative programs. The season also sees the eagerly awaited returns of distinguished, long-time collaborator Sir Roger Norrington and acclaimed conductors Jane Glover and Laurence Cummings, as well as the Society conducting debuts of celebrated period specialists Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Jaap ter Linden. Continuing its tradition of showcasing both established and emerging artists, the Society welcomes back Robert Levin on the fortepiano, bass-baritone Nathan Berg, soprano Gillian Keith, tenor Tom Randle, countertenor Daniel Taylor, and announces the Society debuts of tenor Thomas Cooley, countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, bass-baritone Matthew Brook, and the rare North American appearance of countertenor Andreas Scholl.

The 2009-2010 Season is an exploration of both intimate and large works of the Baroque and Classical periods featuring Vivaldis Stabat Mater; Mozarts Piano Concerto no. 21; Caldaras Crucifixus and Beethovens Symphony no. 4 both new to the Societys repertoire; excerpts from Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice; Mozarts Mass in C Minor; and a program of works by J.S. Bach highlighting cantatas, motets, and the Brandenburg Concerto no. 5.

As Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society, Christophers crafted a balance between the Societys core repertoire and the introduction of less familiar Baroque and Classical programming for voice and period instruments. The foundation of the season is built on a sense of theatrical drama and pure entertainment which, in our performances, will test emotions and serve as inspiration to performer and listener alike, said Christophers.

Season Highlights
October opens the season with rare North American appearances and the debut collaboration of European early music phenomena, celebrated countertenor Andreas Scholl and young conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, performing some of Vivaldis and Handels finest works. World-wide, Scholl is billed as the preeminent countertenor today, acclaimed for his voices extraordinary color and tone as well as his virtuosity. In a program of sacred vocal works by Vivaldi, including that great declaration of faith, the Stabat Mater, Spinosi and Scholl make their Society debuts and continue the Handel and Haydn Societys tribute to Handel in the 250th year of his death. Harry Christophers will join Scholl, Spinosi and Society audience members for an opening night reception following the performance.

November welcomes back Society favorites and established period specialists conductor Jane Glover and fortepianist Robert Levin. The program, which includes orchestral interludes from Mozarts heroic drama, Thamos, King of Egypt and his technically demanding Piano Concerto no. 21, closes with Haydns Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp Minor, Farewell.

In celebration of the Societys 156th annual performance of Handels Messiah, Harry Christophers makes his first appearance as Artistic Director in December. Acclaimed countertenor Daniel Taylor and charismatic tenor Tom Randle return, joined by soprano Suzie LeBlanc and bass-baritone Matthew Brook, both debut appearances. Christophers critically acclaimed interpretation of the Societys 2007 Messiah performance demonstrates his commitment to Handels vision. [The Messiah] is much more than a collection of exquisite arias and brilliantly vivid choruses, said Christophers. It exemplifies Handels eternal love of opera, and his vision of continuity, from advent through the passion of our Lord bursting into a jubilant finale of resurrection, ascension and the promise of final redemption.

Dutch cellist and conductor Jaap ter Linden continues the Societys holiday programming by making his debut and leading Corellis Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op.6, no. 8, also known as the Christmas Concerto; J.S. Bachs Suite (Overture) no. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067; Handels Concerto Grosso in B flat Major, op. 3, no. 2; and works by Manfredini and Muffat.

Harry Christophers ushers in the new year with Mozarts glorious Mass in C Minor, KV 427 featuring an acclaimed roster of soloists including returning guest artists soprano Gillian Keith and bass-baritone Nathan Berg along with mezzo-soprano Tove Dahlberg and tenor Thomas Cooley, both debuting with the Society. The program will also include excerpts from Glucks opera Orfeo ed Euridice featuring British countertenor Iestyn Davies, as well as the 16-part Crucifixus by Antonio Caldara, a prolific composer who influenced the work of generations of composers from J.S. Bach to Brahms.

In February, British harpsichordist Laurence Cummings makes his first appearance since 2006 and presents a Valentines Day program featuring some of the most passionate music and poetry on the subject of love by Monteverdi, Shakespeare and the English madrigalists. Leading from the harpsichord, Cummings will also join a select group of Handel and Haydn Society Chorus members in singing several selections.

A uniquely intimate March program led by the Societys principal bass player Robert Nairn, features a small ensemble from the Handel and Haydn Society. Recreating the atmosphere of an early 19th century salon and showcasing soprano Susan Consoli, the program includes chamber works by Mozart, Viotti, Novello, and Rossini, culminating with Schuberts Trout Quintet, D. 667. This concert is interspersed with readings from works by Shelley and Keats among others, and includes on-stage audience seating, as was typical of salon entertainment of the day. The Society collaborates with the Huntington Theatre Company to create the perfect setting for this historically inspired experience.

Under Sir Roger Norringtons direction, the Society presents an April program of Beethovens Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op. 68, Pastoral, and Symphony no. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60. Led by one of the worlds most courageous Beethoven interpreters, this program marks the Handel and Haydn Societys first performance of Symphony no. 4.

The 2009-2010 Season concludes with Harry Christophers leading an all Bach program featuring two cantatas, two motets, the Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 and Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins with soloists Concertmaster Daniel Stepner and Principal Second Violin Linda Quan. Bach challenges all of us, performers and audience alike; yet above all, he constantly lifts our spirits whether it is through the effervescence of Brandenburg no. 5 or the sheer dynamic majesty of Cantata no. 50, said Christophers. This will undoubtedly be an uplifting close to a truly enlightening season.

This season also brings partnerships with like-minded organizations throughout Boston and Cambridge. The Handel and Haydn Society will collaborate with the New England Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Public Library and the Huntington Theatre Company.

Special Audience and Community Programs
With the introduction of Harry Christophers as Artistic Director, the Society also brings new and enthusiastic audience development efforts to the 2009-2010 Season. Reaching out to young professionals in the Greater Boston area, the H2 initiative offers a fresh take on post-concert and special events aimed at Generation X and Y Baroque and Classical music fans.

November brings the Thirteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show. Held at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, party-goers will enjoy delicious food, fine wine, festive music performed by Society artists, and the first choice of a dazzling array of fine art at this special event where all proceeds benefit the Handel and Haydn Society.

Continuing its partnership with the Boston Public Library, Handel and Haydn Society musicians will perform at the library in March as part of a lecture series on the baroque and classical eras.

Free pre-concert lectures, held one hour prior to each performance, remain an important tool in engaging and interacting with audience members. This season, the Society continues post-concert talks for select performances. Musicologist Teresa Neff, Ph.D. leads the discussions. Providing this service is part of the Societys mission to offer educational opportunities and foster a greater understanding of Historically Informed Performance (HIP).

Educational Outreach
Handel and Haydn Societys professional period instrument musicians and artistic staff including new artistic director Harry Christophers are committed to working with patrons, local students and faculty, and partner organizations to foster increased communication and performing arts education opportunities.

During 2009-2010 Season, the Society will continue its successful Vocal Apprenticeship Program, an initiative under the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program. December and May student concerts will be held at United Parish in Brookline and at the Boston Latin School. As part of its Heartstrings initiative, Handel and Haydn Society will offer the children and families affiliated with outreach programs continued access to performances and music education at reduced or no cost.

Substantive partnerships with area colleges like the New England Conservatory (NEC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University remain a priority for the Handel and Haydn Society. Society musicians will perform the first movement of Beethovens Symphony no. 9 at Harvard University in October as part of Professor Thomas Kellys First Nights music class. In early 2010, a symposium will be held at NEC featuring performances by both students and Society musicians, and lectures by notable scholars. The Society and NEC will continue to explore opportunities to expose students to authentic performances of specialized repertoire.

For the second season, Handel and Haydn Society will continue its comprehensive program where MIT music students study specific aspects of the Societys repertoire to deepen their understanding of Historically Informed Performance. Students attend open rehearsals and workshops with musicians and meet with guest soloists that participate in sessions with the MIT chorus and orchestra.

Society Personnel Announcements
After 24 years, Daniel Stepner will relinquish his post as concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society at the end of the 2009-2010 Season. He plans to devote more time to his work as first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet in residence at Brandeis University, Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival in the Berkshires, Preceptor in Music at Harvard University, and with the Boston Museum Trio which is in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts. Under the direction of Music Directors Christopher Hogwood and Grant Llewellyn, Stepner led the Handel and Haydn Society orchestra through the transition from a modern instrument orchestra to one of the worlds preeminent period-instrument orchestras of today, consistently praised for its historically informed performances. In addition to his duties as Concertmaster, he has conducted several Society programs, been featured as a concerto soloist, and frequently performs chamber music programs with his colleagues in the orchestra. To celebrate his tenure as concertmaster, he will be a featured soloist in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in the final concert of the 2009-2010 Season in Symphony Hall.

Ira Pedlikin, Handel and Haydn Societys new Director of Artistic Planning comes from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he worked for three years as Artist Coordinator of Symphony Center Presents. Previous to the CSO, Pedlikin was an Associate Manager of Attractions and an Associate in Program & Travel at International Creative Management in New York. A former bassoonist, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics and is originally from the Boston area.

Teresa Neff, Ph.D. joins the Handel and Haydn Society as this Seasons HIP fellow. Neff received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Boston University. Focusing her research on Gottfried van Swieten, a late 18th century Viennese patron and composer, Neffs edition of Swietens symphonies will be published by Artaria later this year. She has presented papers at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual meeting, the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, and the Architecture/Music/Acoustics Conference. Neff also presents concert preview lectures for Elderhostel and Boston Lyric Opera and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Conservatory.

Michle Campbell, Senior Marketing Communications Manager for the Society is a seasoned marketing and advertising professional, having worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her previous employers include Elderhostel, Broadway in Boston, and Berklee College of Music. Campbell is a classical music enthusiast who plays the cello for the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She will oversee marketing and communications strategy and implementation, including customer service.

Touring, Media and Recording Projects
WGBH Boston Radio will continue to locally broadcast the Societys performance of Handels Messiah, a tradition since 1978. The program conducted by Artistic Director Harry Christophers will also be featured on Performance Today, a daily national classical program that airs in 240 cities around the U.S. Further plans for national and international distributions are being discussed.

On December 7, the Society performs in Quebec City an international center for the early music scene. Accomplished harpsichordist and Society Associate Conductor John Finney leads this special appearance featuring internationally-celebrated contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The program at the Grand Thtre de Qubec features Corellis Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 (Christmas Concerto), Bachs Bereite dich, Zion from Christmas Oratorio, selections from Handels Messiah and works by Torelli Sammartini, and Scarlatti. This concert is presented by Club Musical de Qubec.

The Handel and Haydn Society plans to resume its recording in January 2010 starting with a live performance of Mozarts Mass in C Minor, KV 427 for release on the CORO label later that year. Releases of archival performances will follow, plus a series of recordings marking Harry Christophers association and partnership with the Society. Formed in 2001, CORO serves as the lively and successful record label of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen and has re-mastered, re-packaged and re-issued recordings of the ensemble and now releases most of their new recordings. CORO recently launched the Acoustic World series of discs which espouses values of performance excellence using authentic instruments, highlighting brilliance of sound and world class musicians.


Viva La Voce!
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor (debut)
Andreas Scholl, countertenor (debut)
Vivaldi: Fida Ninfa Overture
Vivaldi: Cantata "Cessate, omai cessate"
Vivaldi: Sinfonia, RV169 Al santo sepolcro
Handel: "Dall'ondoso periglio" (from Giulio Cesare)
Handel: "Aure, deh, per pieta" (from Giulio Cesare)
Handel: "Se parla nei mio cor" (from Giustino)
Vivaldi: "Filiae Maestae Jerusalem"
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

Returns and Farewell
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Jane Glover, conductor (Messiah, 1996)
Robert Levin, fortepiano (Mozart Double Piano Concerto, 2007)
Mozart: Thamos, Knig in gypten, K. 345/336a (Entr'actes)
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Haydn: Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp Minor, Farewell

Preview Party for the Thirteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:30pmĮ Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts

Handels Messiah
Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:30pm Symphony Hall
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor (Celebrate Handel, 2008)
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano (debut)
Daniel Taylor, countertenor (Messiah, 2006)
Tom Randle, tenor (Messiah, 2007)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (debut)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Handel: Messiah

Quebec City Performance
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:00pm
Salle Louis Frchette, Grand Thtre de Qubec

John Finney, conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
Torelli: Concerto 4 in G Minor, op. 8, no. 6
Handel: O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings from Messiah
Handel: How Beautiful are the Feet from Messiah
Sammartini: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 5, no. 6
Scarlatti: Salve Regina
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 (Christmas Concerto)
Bach: Bereite dich, Zion from Christmas Oratorio
Bach: Vergngte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust from Cantata no. 170
Christmas Carols
This concert will be presented by Club Musical de Qubec.

A Baroque Gift
Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 8:00pm NECs Jordan Hall
Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 3:00pm NECs Jordan Hall
Jaap ter Linden, conductor (debut)
Manfredini: Concerto Grosso in C Major, op. 3, no. 12 (Christmas Concerto)
Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat Major, op. 3, no. 2
Muffat: Armonico Tributo, Sonata V in G Major
J.S. Bach: Suite (Overture) no. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
Corelli: Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 8, G Minor (Christmas Concerto)

Passion in Vienna
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor
Iestyn Davies, countertenor (debut)
Gillian Keith, soprano (Celebrate Handel, 2008)
Tove Dahlberg, mezzo-soprano (debut)
Thomas Cooley, tenor (debut)
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone (Beethoven Mass in C Major, 1998)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Caldara: Crucifixus a 16
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna version)
Act II Scene I (complete)
Ballo, Che puro ciel and Coro from Act II Scene 2
Mozart: Venite populi KV260 (248a)
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, KV 427

Zest for Love
Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8:00pm NECs Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 3:00pm Sanders Theatre
Laurence Cummings, conductor (Messiah, 2006)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Monteverdi: Altri canti d'amor and altri canto di marte
Monteverdi: Ecco mormora l'onde
Marini: Echo Sonata
Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa
Monteverdi: Hor chel ciel e la terra e l vento tace
John Bennet: All creatures now
John Wilbye: Draw on sweet night
Gesualdo: Belta, poi che t'assenti
Monteverdi: T'amo mia vita
Thomas Tomkins: Oh yes! Has any found a lad?
Thomas Vautor: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Merula: Ciaconna
Monteverdi: Dolcissimo uscignolo

A Musical Salon
Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:00pm NECs Jordan Hall
Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:00pm NECs Jordan Hall
Rob Nairn, leader/bass
Susan Consoli, soprano
Mozart: Trio for Piano, Viola, and Clarinet in E flat Major KV 498 (Andante)
Viotti: Duo for Double Bass and Violin
Schubert: Die Forelle (In einem Bchlein helle), Song for Voice and Piano, D. 550 (op. 32)
Novello: Thy Mighty Force for soprano, piano and double bass obligato
Rossini: Duetto for Double Bass and Cello
Schubert: Trout Quintet, D. 667 (op. post 114)

Beethovens Pastoral
Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor (Haydn in London, 2009)
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, op. 68, F Major, Pastoral
Beethoven: Symphony no. 4, op. 60, B-flat Major

Bach Portrait
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor
Daniel Stepner, violin
Linda Quan, violin
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
J.S. Bach: "Singet dem Herrn"
Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, BWV 1050, D Major
Cantata no. 50, "Nun ist das heil" for St. Michael's Day
"Der Geist hilft"
Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Cantata no. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir"

All programs and artists are subject to change.

20092010 Season Ticket Information
Subscriptions to the 2009-2010 Season and single tickets for concerts and special events are now on sale. Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased through the Handel and Haydn Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at, or in person at the Handel and Haydn office, Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10:00am 6:00pm).

The Handel and Haydn Society is a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra that is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the time in which the music was composed. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handels Messiah (1818), Haydns The Creation (1819), Verdis Requiem (1878) and Bachs St. Matthew Passion (1889). The Society today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible. The Society is widely known through its local subscription concerts, tours, concert broadcasts on National Public Radio, and recordings. The Societys Lamentations and Praises won a 2002 Grammy Award, and its two most recent CDs, All is Bright and PEACE, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazines classical music chart. Since 1985, the Societys award-winning Karen S. & George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program has fostered the knowledge and performance of classical music among young people including in underserved schools and communities. This school year alone, the program will bring music education and vocal training to more than 10,000 students in the Greater Boston area.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Bastille Day in Boston

The Beehive Makes Bastille Day Musical History

Boston, MA - Based Restaurant and Live Music Venue Makes Bastille Day Musical History

(Boston, MA) The Beehive, the uber-hip award-winning restaurant and live music venue, named one of the Top 100 Jazz clubs in the world by Downbeat Magazine, will be making musical history during their 2nd Annual Bastille Day Celebration on July 14, 2009 from 5:00PM 2:00AM.

The Boston, MA-based The Beehive, known for their world-class talent and musical innovation, will once again be pushing the envelope as they present a special reunion/tribute concert to the iconic and often controversial French singer-songwriter, musician, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. While Gainsbourg passed away in 1991 his legacy has lived on as an icon, often referred to as one of the worlds most influential musicians, and has become part of the fabric of French-pop culture.

Performed for the first time ever in North America by Gainsbourg Etcetera" - a musical collaboration of Gainsbourgs wife Bambou Gainsbourg, son LuLu Gainsbourg and five of Gainsbourgs former musicians including: Gary Mr. La Javanaise" Georgett, Mike Rathke, Tony Thunder Smith, John Kumnick and Stan Harrison, this event is truly musical history in the making as the group performs renditions of Gainsbourgs works and original arrangements by LuLu Gainsbourg.

The impact that Gainsbourg had on not just French culture, or music culture, but on popular culture itselfĶ is immeasurable. Were honored to have been able to work with the incomparable Tony Smith, Bambou Gainsbourg, LuLu Gainsbourg and everyone involved to make this event happen. The event is truly about La France Today these performers are not only world-class, but a strong representation of modern French pop culture, Said Bertil Jean-Chronberg, General Manager of The Beehive and event organizer.

The event will be not only an all-star collaboration, but also a joint performance bringing in the contemporary French pop sensation ElodieO to the stage to both open the show and perform live with Gainsbourg Etcetera! ElodieOs music has been described as an elegant mix of 60's Nico-esque pop
and 90's golden era trip-hop and down-tempo. Intermittent French Electro-Pop and Gainsbourg re-mixes will be provided by Christopher Muther Djing for the event.

So as Boston becomes Paris for one night only, The Beehive will also feature casual-French inspired fare and specials via the restaurant, flowing champagne bubbles (with the most extensive champagne list in New England featured at The Beehive) and one of the most authentic and exclusive Bastille Day celebrations in the U.S.

Full dinner reservation guarantees you an in - Advanced tickets are only $25.00(USD) or a mere $10.00(USD) at the door if this event isnt sold out by the time you are finished reading this! Call 617-423-0069 for more information or visit to get your tickets online!

This exclusive event is brought to you not only by The Beehive, but in-part by the in-kind sponsorship of: Kronenbourg, Absolut Vodka and The Lenox Hotel, Back Bay Boston.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Handel and Haydn Society announces Celebration 2009

Handel and Haydn Society OBSERVES ANNIVERSARIES OF NAMESAKe COMPOSERS IN 2008-2009 Season with Celebration 2009

Premier chorus and period-instrument orchestra presents Celebration 2009, commemorating 250th and 200th anniversaries of deaths of Handel and Haydn. Musical offerings include all-Handel program conducted by Harry Christophers; the Societys 155th annual performance of Handels Messiah, led by Paul Daniel; and two Haydn programs conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, including concert performance of the seldom heard Haydn opera Lanima del filosofo.

Celebration 2009 culminates in free, outdoor performance of Haydns masterwork, The Creation, on Bostons Esplanade, on May 31, 2009, conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

Celebratory season demonstrates renewed community commitment with the launch of cultural and educational partnerships throughout the greater Boston area.

July 17, 2008 (Boston, MA) The Handel and Haydn Society, Americas oldest continuously-performing arts organization, marks an important musical anniversary year with Celebration 2009, in observance of anniversaries of the deaths of George Friderick Handel (1685April 14, 1759) and Franz Joseph Haydn (1732May 31, 1809), as well as the births of Henry Purcell (16591695) and Felix Mendelssohn (18091847). The Handel and Haydn Societys celebratory season features music of these four composers, as well as of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. In addition to Artistic Advisor Sir Roger Norrington and Principal Conductor Grant Llewellyn, the Society welcomes back regular guest conductor Harry Christophers, and the Societys Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster, John Finney. Celebration 2009 will culminate on May 31, 2009, with a free concert of Haydns masterwork The Creation on Bostons Esplanade.

During the 2008-2009 season, the Handel and Haydn Society bolsters its tradition of community outreach, presenting performances, forums, and educational programs through newly developed partnerships with leading area universities and colleges, and unprecedented collaborations with some of Bostons finest cultural institutions. The Celebration 2009 project is intended to generate civic dialogue around the role of great music, past and present. When the Handel and Haydn Society was founded in 1815, its stated purpose was to perform the best of the old and the newrepresented by Handel (considered at the time a composer of an earlier age) and Haydn (a relatively new composer who had passed away just a few years earlier). The 2009 anniversary year enables the Society to commemorate its namesake composers in a relevant and entertaining way; it also presents an important opportunity to translate the Societys historical charter to the 21st century, and to develop a performing arts model for engaging audiences in the role of classical musicpast, present, and futurein their lives and their communities.

Celebratory season of both well-known and rarely-heard repertoire features renowned conductors along with established and emerging soloists

The 2008-2009 season features important works of the past and the present, from Haydns rarely heard opera Lanima del filosofo (Orfeo ed Euridice) and his authoritative The Creation, to music for the theater by Purcell, to a new work by Boston composer Thomas Vignieri that reflects on the influence of Handel. The Society has engaged conductors of international renown to lead energetic programs throughout the season; in addition to Artistic Advisor Norrington and Principal Conductor Llewellyn, and Harry Christophers (Music Director of The Sixteen) with whom Handel and Haydn has enjoyed an acclaimed partnership over the past three years, the Society welcomes to the podium period specialists Richard Egarr, Paul Daniel, Paul Goodwin, and Jean-Marie Zeitouni in their debuts with Handel and Haydn. Soloists include distinguished singers Sarah Coburn, Nathalie Paulin, Kendra Colton, and Andrew Kennedy, cellist Phoebe Carrai and Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts in his Boston debut, as well as rising young performers such as mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy, who began her solo career with the Handel and Haydn Society.

Free community concert on Boston Esplanade on May 31, 2009, features Haydns Creation

The Society will perform a free, outdoor concert for the City of Boston, featuring Principal Conductor Grant Llewellyn conducting the Handel and Haydn period-instrument ensemble and chorus in Haydns masterwork The Creation. Held on Bostons famed Esplanade, which has a capacity for more than 16,000 people, this community event is planned for national broadcast on radio and podcast, with the potential of reaching several hundred thousand more people throughout the United States. This marks the third time the Society has performed on the Esplanade, the last time in 1990. A pre-concert performance will showcase the Handel and Haydn Youth Choruses, now in their 24th year.

This event holds significance for two reasons: Handel and Haydn Society performed the American premiere of The Creation in 1819; additionally, while preparation for celebrations of the 2009 musical anniversaries has been underway in Great Britain and Europe for some time, Handel and Haydn is uniquely positioned to take the lead on an American observance. The Society is one of the only music organizations in the United States to take part in an international observance of the 200th anniversary of Haydns death on May 31, 2009, when The Creation will be performed on the same day around the world by other renowned ensembles.

Society expands Educational and Community Outreach Programs

In the 2008-2009 season, Handel and Haydn will invigorate its educational and community outreach programs with expanded programs, venues, and access for children and adults. As part of Celebration 2009, Handel and Haydn will offer the children and schools it currently serves even greater access to music and music education, and will also reach new people in the community, by giving free performances and musical demonstrations in public spaces, such as the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, and other collaborating venues. Celebration 2009 will also build on the Societys use of electronic media in recent seasons by using podcasts; music, conductors insights, and lectures on the Societys website; and video broadcasts as an important educational and audience-development tool. Handel and Haydn Society will make a live recording of Lanima del filosofo under Sir Roger Norrington on the Signum Records label for release in May 2009, commemorating the anniversary of the composers death.

In Celebration 2009, the Society also explores new and enhanced partnerships with New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University to train the players and singers of the future in Baroque and Classical performance styles and techniques through masterclasses, symposia, interaction with professional conductors and musicians, access to rehearsals and performances, and collaborations between musicians and music faculty. These partnerships are the first step toward the Handel and Haydn Academy, a pre-professional period-performance training program that the Society plans to launch in the 2009-2010 season.

This expanded outreach draws on the Societys longstanding tradition in the community, dating back to the 19th century when the Society organized large-scale charity events and made great music available to the people of Boston. Over the past 24 years, Handel and Haydns award-winning Educational Outreach Program, founded in 1984 to address the lack of music education in public school systems due to funding cuts, has grown significantly and won accolades for bringing vocal training and performance opportunities to thousands of children in some of Greater Bostons most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Interdisciplinary collaborations with American and international music organizations

In addition to its cultural and educational partners in Boston, Handel and Haydn will also partner in 2008-2009 with the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, at which Handel and Haydn performed in September 2006, and which is organizing the worldwide performances of The Creation on May 31, 2009; the Haydn Society of North America, dedicated to promoting the legacy of Haydn; and Handel House Museum in London, with whom the Society has a longstanding relationship. Handel and Haydn Society has named the president of the Haydn Society of North America, Dr. Michael Ruhling, its 2008-2009 HIP Fellow (program annotator and scholarly contributor to Handel and Haydns musical programs); Handel and Haydn also partners with Longy School of Music to host the Haydn Society of North Americas 2009 conference, which takes place in Cambridge and Boston, MA, the week of May 25, 2009, and will close with the outdoor performance of The Creation.


1. Masterclass with Harry Christophers

Week of September 29

Tufts University

2. Celebrate Handel!

Friday, October 3 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, October 5 at 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor

Gillian Keith, soprano

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Handel: Coronation Anthems; Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)
Selections from Jephtha and Semele

3. Haydns Legacy: Mozart and Beethoven

Friday, November 7 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, November 9 at 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Richard Egarr, conductor & fortepiano

Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat Major, K. 16; Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488

Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus Overture; Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

4. Messiah

Friday, December 5 at 7.30 pm

Saturday, December 6 at 3.00 pm

Sunday, December 7 at 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Paul Daniel, conductor

Kendra Colton, soprano

Paula Murrihy, mezzo-soprano

Brian Stucki, tenor

Brett Polegato, baritone

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

5. A Bach Christmas

Thursday, December 18 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, December 21 at 3.00 pm

New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus Sponsored by

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243

Cantata No. 151, Ser Trost, mein Jesus kmmt

Cantata No. 191, Gloria in excelsis Deo

6. Haydns Orfeo

Friday, January 23 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, January 25 at 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Sarah Coburn, Euridice

Andrew Kennedy, Orfeo

Christopher Maltman, Creonte

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Haydn: Lanima del filosofo (Orfeo ed Euridice)

7. Haydn Symposium

Saturday, January 24 in the afternoon

Location: TBA

Sir Roger Norrington and Haydn scholars discuss the myth of Orfeo and Lanima del filosofo. Members of the Handel and Haydn Society join in a chamber music performance of Haydns works.

8. Baroque Grand Tour

Friday, February 27 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, March 1 at 3.00 pm

New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall

Paul Goodwin, conductor

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Couperin: Concert dans le got thtral

Purcell: Funeral Sentences; The Masque from Dioclesian

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto, No. 3

9. Noon Concert at the Boston Athenaeum

Thursday, March 5

10. Romantic Brahms

March 20 at 8.00 pm

March 22 at 8.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Ilya Gringolts, violin

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

Vignieri: Fanfare for Voices (Tribute to Handel; World Premiere)

11. Music at Fever Pitch

Friday, April 3 at 8.00 pm at Old South Church

Sunday, April 5 at 3.00 pm at New England Conservatorys Jordan Hall

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Phoebe Carrai, cello

Telemann: Burlesque de Don Quixote

C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concerto in A Major

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6

Rebel: Les lmens

12. Haydn in London

Friday, April 24 at 8.00 pm

Sunday, April 26 at 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major

Cantata: Scena di Berenice for soprano and orchestra

March for the Prince of Wales

Adagio from Divertimento for nine instruments in F Major

English Songs: Sailor's Song, Sympathy, She Never Told Her Love, Fidelity

Symphony No. 92 in G Major, Oxford

13. Haydn Symposium

Saturday, April 25 in the afternoon

Location: TBA

Sir Roger Norrington and Haydn scholars discuss Haydns London period and its influence on his later work. Members of the Handel and Haydn Society join in a chamber music performance of Haydns works.

14. Gala Benefit: The Society Ball

Saturday, April 25

15. Haydn: The Creation

Sunday, May 31 at 3.00 pm

The Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Boston

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Elizabeth Watts, soprano

Stanford Olsen, tenor

Eric Owens, bass

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Pre-concert performance by the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses

All programs and artists are subject to change.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

NEC's "Sick Puppy" Presents Seminars, Week of Free Public New Music Concerts

NECs Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) Features Composer-in-Residence Jo Kondo, June 16-22

Pianist Aki Takahashi is Guest Artist

"Each sound must have its own entity and life. What I am doing in my compositions is to create a web of intertonal relationships, while trying to safeguard the possibility of aurally perceiving the individual entity and life of every single tone in that relationship." - Jo Kondo

Jo Kondo, arguably Japans most eminent composer who has described his music as the art of being ambiguous, will be BnG Foundation Composer-in-residence at this years Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (fondly and forever known as Sick Puppy). Under the artistic direction of pianist Stephen Drury, the Institute takes place June 1620 at New England Conservatory. It will also feature pianist Aki Takahashi as guest artist.

SICPP is an intensive performance seminar on new music for advanced pianists, percussionists, and instrumentalists. This years faculty features Kondo, Takahashi, and Drury, along with pianists Louis Goldstein and Yukiko Takagi; percussionists Scott Deal and Mathias Reumert; and voice faculty Pamela Wood.

Along with the daytime workshops offered to registered students, SICPP will also present free public concerts every evening in NECs Jordan Hall or Williams Hall. The concerts will highlight Kondos music and feature performances by the faculty and the Callithumpian Consort. Student compositions and other works will be featured in the marathon concert June 21.

The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice is made possible by a generous grant from the BnG Foundation, The Gaudemus Foundation, Nomura, and Mode Records.


Born in Tokyo in 1947, Jo Kondo graduated from the composition department of Tokyo University of Arts in 1972. He spent a year in New York on a scholarship from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund in 1977-78. In 1979 he taught as guest lecturer at University of Victoria, British Columbia, invited by the Canada Council, and in 1986 resided in London as a British Council Senior Fellow. In 1987 he was composer in residence at Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, and taught at Dartington International Summer School in England. At present he is Professor of Music at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, and also teaches at Tokyo University of Arts and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima.

In 1980 Kondo founded the Musica Practica Ensemble, a chamber orchestra devoted to contemporary music, and was artistic director of the group until its disbandment in 1991.

He has written more than eighty compositions, ranging from solo pieces to orchestral and electronic works, which have been widely performed in Japan, North America and Europe and recorded on Hat Art, ALM, Fontec Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. He has received commissions from numerous organisations, and his music has been featured at many international music festivals. Performers associated with his music include the conductor Tadaaki Otaka, the pianist Aki Takahashi, the Ives and Nieuw Ensembles in the Netherlands, the London Sinfonietta and many others.

Kondo has written extensively on musical matters, and since 1979 he has published four books spelling out in detail his own aesthetic and compositional ideas. He is also an associate editor of Contemporary Music Review. During 2000 he directed the composition classes at the Dartington International School of Music and was on the jury of the Gaudeamus International Composer's competition, and was a featured composer at the 2005 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Pianist Aki Takahashi, is a new music interpreter who has attracted the attention of many composers. Cage, Feldman, Takemitsu, Yun, Oliveros, Ruders, Satoh, Lucier and Garland, to name a few, have all created works for her.
Ms. Takahashi received the first Kenzo Nakajima prize in 1982, and was recipient of the first Kyoto Music Award (1986). She directed the "New Ears" concert series in Yokohama (1983-97), was artist-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo (1980-81) and guest professor at the California Institute of the Arts (1984).
Her landmark recording of 20 contemporary piano works, Aki Takahashi Piano Space, received the Merit Prize at the Japan Art Festival (1973). Her series of Erik Satie concerts (1975-77) heralded a Satie boom in Japan, resulting in her editing all of his piano works for Zen-On and recording them on Toshiba-EMI. She created the Hyper-Beatles project with Toshiba, which invited 47 international composers to arrange/recompose their favorite Beatles tunes.

Concert Schedule:

Monday, June 16

8 p.m. NECs Jordan Hall

Aki Takahashi, piano

Callithumpian Consort

Iannis Xenakis: Morsima-Amorsima, for piano and strings

Erik Satie: Nocturnes

Morton Feldman: Extensions 3

Christian Wolff: Pianist: Pieces.

Tuesday, June 17

8 p.m. NECs Williams Hall

SICPP Faculty members

Nicholas Vines: Terraformation: Sonata for Piano with Yukiko Takagi, piano

Helmut Lachenmann: Allegro Sostenuto

Brian Ferneyhough: Terrain by with violinist Gabriela Diaz and the Callithumpian Consort

Andrew Estel: Scrape the Colour with Louis Goldstein, piano.

Wednesday, June 18

8 p.m., NECs Williams Hall

Recital by Stephen Drury, piano

Jo Kondo: A Dance for Piano, "Europeans"

Helmut Lachenmann: Serynade

John Zorn: Fay Ce Que Vouldras

Toshio Hosokawa: Nacht Klange.

Thursday, June 19

8 p.m. NECs Williams Hall

Performances by SICPP faculty.

Jo Kondo: Aquarelle for piano and percussion, and Dithyramb for flute and guitar. Toshio Hosokawa's Lied for flute and piano

James Romig: Piano Sonata

Stephen Mosko: Rendering

Friday, June 20

8 p.m. NECs Jordan Hall

Percussion extravaganza!

Jo Kondo: Pendulums with Nicholas Tolle, percussion, and Trio (Moor) for viola, bassoon, and piano.

Dorothy Hindman: new percussion work with Scott Deal, percussion

Brian Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet

Christina Viola Oorebeek: Edges with Mathias Reumert, percussion

Steve Reich: Sextet.

Saturday, June 21

4 p.m. NECs Brown Hall

The legendary SICPP Iditarod! Six hours of new music, performed by the faculty and fellows of SICPP!

Jo Kondo: Luster Gave Her the Hat And He And Ben Went Across the Backyard, Strands II (for three pianos), Standing, An Elder's Hocket, The Shape Follows Its Shadow, and Under the Umbrella

New works by: Liza White, Megan Beugger, David Carter, Juhi Bansal, Marti Epstein, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and David Grant

Frederic Rzewski: Moonrise with Memories and Bring Them Home!

Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan

George Crumb: Voice of the Whale and Madrigals

Louis Andriessen: Workers Union;

Toru Takemitsu: Toward the Sea;

Helmut Lachenmann: temA;

Giacinto Scelsi: Okanagon;

Niels Roensholdt: Hammerfall;

Tan Dun: Elegy: Snow in June for cello solo and four percussionists;

Luciano Berio: Linnea;

Michael Finnissy: Post-Christian Survival Kit

For further information, check the NEC Website, the SICPP website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NECs Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

[Boston] HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY presents ROYAL FIREWORKS! - Jan 25 & 27, 2008

Contact: Nina J. Berger, 617.971.9340,


WHEN: Friday, January 25, 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 3:00 PM

WHERE: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

WHAT: After a triumphant Boston debut conducting the Handel and Haydn Society in Handel's Messiah, British conductor Harry Christophers returns to lead a program of Baroque masterpieces by Handel, Purcell, and Bach. Inspired by or composed for the royal court, these orchestral works - some of the Baroque period's most beloved repertoire - create a program full of celebration and royal pageantry.

George Frideric Handel's most famous instrumental compositions will be presented on the program - his Royal Fireworks Music and Water Music Suite in D major. Fireworks was composed to celebrate the 1749 treaty ending the War of Spanish Succession, and debuted in London with a 101-canon salute and a spectacular fireworks display. Recreating the splendor of a night in 1717 when King George II sailed on the River Thames, the Water Music Suite No. 3 is one of the more intimate and charming of Handel's orchestral works. Handel and Haydn Society's period orchestra last performed this work at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, in September 2006, also under Harry Christophers' direction.

Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 (1731), composed for his patron, Prince Leopold, is best known for its second movement, the "Air on the G String." The Handel and Haydn Society first performed this work at the Boston Music Hall in May 1871 and offered its most recent performances in 1994.

The Fairy Queen (1692) is Henry Purcell's delightful semi-operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream , which he is thought to have composed for the wedding anniversary of King William III and Mary II. The seven selections on the Handel and Haydn program include Symphony from Act IV; Prelude, Hornpipe and Rondeau from First Music; Symphony While the Swans Come Forward; Dance for the Fairies; Dance for the Green Men from Act II; and finally, Chaconne-Dance for A Chinese Man and Woman, from Act V.

HANDEL: Water Music, Suite No. 3
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
HANDEL: Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351
PURCELL: Selections from The Fairy Queen, Z.629

WHO: Harry Christophers, conductor (Photos and full biography available upon request)

HOW: Tickets: $15-$67 can be ordered 1) by phone at 617-266-3605, 2) online at, or 3) in person at Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10am-6pm).

Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of the acclaimed British ensemble The Sixteen, made his American debut with the Handel and Haydn Society in the 2007 performances of Handel's Messiah. Christophers first conducted the ensemble in 2006 at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition to touring throughout Europe, America and the Far East with The Sixteen, Mr. Christophers has performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals including Salzburg, Mostly Mozart in New York, the BBC Proms, and the Prague Spring Festival. He has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque for Handel's Messiah, the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. As a guest conductor, Christophers enjoys a very special partnership with the BBC Philharmonic including a disc of American-inspired works by Ives, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Tippett which won a Diapason d'Or. He is a regular guest conductor with the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie, City of London Sinfonia, the Granada Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid. In demand as an orchestra, choral and opera conductor, he recently made his debut with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony.

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