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Handel and Haydn Society Branches Out with Concerts Across Northeastern MA, Beg. Today

Handel and Haydn Society Branches Out with Concerts Across Northeastern MA, Beg. Today

Handel and Haydn Society musicians will present three chamber-sized performances to audiences across Northeastern Massachusetts. H+H's expanded presence stems from strategic initiatives to broaden H+H's audience as it prepares for its upcoming Bicentennial Season.

The concerts will take place within a span of a few days and showcase the full breadth and talent of H+H's singers and instrumentalists. Members of the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform a wide range of repertoire, from the choral heights of German Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz to the 19th-century Romantic sounds of Felix Mendelssohn.

Today's program H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum coincides with the opening day of the exhibition "Turner & the Sea." In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner's lifelong preoccupation with the sea, the Salem museum's exhibition features iconic works spanning the painter's career. To celebrate, mezzo-soprano and museum director Mary Gerbi and baritone Bradford Gleim join violinist Abigail Karr and fortepianist Ian Watson for songs and music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and British composers working at the same time as J.M.W. Turner.

The next day, members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus perform a concert of early American a cappella songs at the Concord Museum. This specially tailored program connects with the just-opened exhibition "The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775" with music heard during that same time period. Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff will provide introduction and commentary during the concert.

On Tuesday, June 3, H+H returns to historic King's Chapel for a free lunchtime concert of Schütz's Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7. Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett will lead the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus in the 35-minute program that takes place at the same location as H+H's first concert in 1815.

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H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum

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