Handel and Haydn Society Receives Anonymous $1 Million Gift
The Handel and Haydn Society has received an anonymous gift of $1 million to support long-term priorities, including five-year strategic initiatives, Bicentennial events, and the endowment. This gift, from a donor outside the Board, comes as the organization approaches its Bicentennial in 2015. The funding will also help ensure greater financial strength and health in the organization's future.
"This extraordinarily generous gift will enable our ambitious strategic initiatives and Bicentennial celebrations to have a widespread impact on the community of Boston," said H&H Board Chairman Nick Gleysteen. "It will also build the endowment to sustain Handel and Haydn's growth and deepen our impact on a broader audience for many years to come."
The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate its Bicentennial with signature choral presentations and special programs throughout Boston and nationally. This recent gift will help, in part, improve and create wider public awareness for educational initiatives that currently reach over 10,000 children a year. These programs are specifically designed to help inspire a lifelong love of singing, build new audiences for Baroque and Classical music, and foster the music educators and performers of the future.
"We are extremely grateful to this donor for their expression of confidence in the work H&H is doing, both artistically and in terms of community and educational outreach," said H&H Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. "As we enter our 200th season in the fall, H&H will be one of Boston's most exciting musical destinations."
This $1 million donation comes just over a year after the organization announced receipt of its first-ever million-dollar gifts, from Wat and Jane Tyler and Karen Levy.