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.
Boston, MA (Vocus) September 29, 2010
Handel and Haydn Society opens 2010-2011 season with Mozart: A Musical Journey, conducted by Artistic Director Harry Christophers.
Friday, October 1, 2010 at 8:00pm
Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 3:00pm
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Season 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 10am – 6pm). Single tickets: $18 to $75.
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K.219, Turkish – Rachel Podger, violin
Overture and March from Mitridate
Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K.504, Prague
Handel and Haydn Society opens its 196th season with an all-Mozart program featuring music from the composer’s beginnings as a precocious teenager (overture and march to his fifth opera, Mitridate) through his years as a seasoned talent (Prague symphony, completed just two years before his death). British violinist Rachel Podger makes her Society debut with the technically challenging Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, a work known for its lively and spirited tempo. Written in 1775, the concerto’s final movement presents a foreign and percussive Turkish march style.
“From his early years of European travel, Mozart absorbed all styles and traditions of music and made them his own,” said Harry Christophers. “I intend in this opening concert to give audiences a startling overview of his work.”
Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7pm
Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 2pm
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.
Opening Fanfare! Season Opening and CD Release Party
Friday, October 1, 2010, post-concert
Higginson Hall, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
$50 per person
Artistic Director Harry Christophers and the Handel and Haydn Society present a wine and dessert reception after the Friday night concert to celebrate the opening of the Society’s 196th Season and CD release of Mozart Mass in C Minor — the first of a series of recordings with Harry Christophers leading to the Bicentennial in 2015. Christophers is available to sign CDs at this event. Guest violinist Rachel Podger also attends and signs copies of her CD Bach: Violin Concertos. Tickets are available by calling 617 262 1815 or purchasing online. CDs are available at the concert hall for $19.76 plus tax.
Post-Concert CD-Signing with Harry Christophers and Rachel Podger
Sunday, October 3, 2010, post-concert
Cohen Wing, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Free with concert tickets
Artistic Director Harry Christophers and guest artist Rachel Podger meet patrons and sign CDs after the concert. Handel and Haydn’s new CD, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Rachel Podgers’ Bach: Violin Concertos are available at the concert hall for $19.76 plus tax.
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About the Handel and Haydn Society:
A principal leader of Boston’s arts community since 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society will reach its Bicentennial in 2015. The Society, with its Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus, is internationally recognized 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. Handel and Haydn is the United States’ oldest continuously performing arts organization 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 (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.” Handel and Haydn is widely known through its local subscription concerts, tours, concert broadcasts, and recordings. The Society’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2002 Grammy Award; All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. In September 2010, the Society released its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the Coro label, Mozart Mass in C Minor. This CD is the first in a series of recordings leading to the Bicentennial. Celebrating 25 years during the 2010-2011 Season, Handel and Haydn’s award-winning Karen S. & George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program brings music education and vocal training to more than 10,000 students in the Greater Boston area annually.
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