Handel and Haydn Society Presents Beethoven by Levin, Haydn by Labadie Conducted by Bernard Labadie and Featuring Cambridge Fortepianist Robert Levin

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Local artist Robert Levin tackles Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Bernard Labadie leads the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra in Haydn’s witty Hen and Surprise Symphonies

Harvard University Professor and fortepianist Robert Levin

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.

Handel and Haydn Society Presents Beethoven by Levin, Haydn by Labadie conducted by Bernard Labadie and featuring Cambridge fortepianist Robert Levin

WHEN:    
Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:00pm    
Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 3:00pm

WHERE:         
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA

TICKETS:    
Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the Handel and Haydn Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at http://www.handelandhaydn.org, or in person at Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10:00am – 6:00pm). Single tickets range from $18 to $75. Student rush available: starting one hour before curtain, $10 cash only with valid ID, best available seats subject to availability.

REPERTOIRE:     
Haydn: Symphony No. 83 in G Minor, The Hen
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G Major, Surprise
Bernard Labadie, conductor
Robert Levin, fortepiano

DETAILS:    
After nearly a decade hiatus, the Handel and Haydn Society welcomes back French Canadian Bernard Labadie to conduct Haydn’s witty and energetic symphonies No. 83 in G Minor (The Hen) and No. 94 in G Major (Surprise); the unexpected drumbeat in Surprise, according to Haydn, was used to surprise the public with something new upon its premiere performance in London in 1792. “Bernard Labadie radiates an infectious joy in the music he conducts,” said Society Artistic Director Harry Christophers. “He will undoubtedly relish the way both Haydn and Beethoven obtain the richest and most diverse developments from a single theme.” See Harry Christophers discuss this concert.

Harvard University professor and fortepianist Robert Levin – who thrilled audiences last season with his original Mozart cadenzas – returns to the Symphony Hall stage to tackle Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with his trademark improvisational charm. This Beethoven work is also surprising in that it breaks with tradition (like so many of Beethoven’s works), beginning with solo piano rather than the expected standard orchestral introduction, followed by a back-and-forth dialogue between orchestra and piano.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS:
Pre-Concert Lecture
Friday, October 29, 2010 at 7:00pm
Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 2:00pm
Cabot Cahners Room, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Free with concert tickets

Musicologist Teresa Neff gives an illuminating look inside the music and historical context of the program. See the video lecture preview.

Post-Concert Q&A with Robert Levin
Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10:00pm
Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 5:00pm
From the stage at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Free with concert tickets

Robert Levin fields questions from the audience immediately following the performance. Moderated by Teresa Neff.

H2 Post-Concert Reception for Young Professionals
Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10:00pm
Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar, 8 Westland Ave., Boston MA
Free entrance with concert ticket

Handel and Haydn’s young professionals group, H2, offers a post-concert reception to Friday night concert-goers, where young professionals can meet musicians and staff, and network with fellow arts enthusiasts. H2 season sponsor: Symphony 8 Restaurant & Bar.

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ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
The Handel and Haydn Society is a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra that is internationally recognize¬d 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 Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s The Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). 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 Society’s 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 Magazine’s classical music chart. The 2010-2011 Season marks the 25th Anniversary of Handel and Haydn’s educational programming. The award-winning Karen S. & George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program fosters the knowledge and performance of classical music among young people including in underserved schools and communities. Annually, the program brings music education and vocal training to more than 10,000 students in the Greater Boston area.

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