Handel and Haydn Society and Period Instrument Orchestra Ratify New Contract thru June 2017

Handel and Haydn Society and Period Instrument Orchestra Ratify New Contract thru June 2017

The Handel and Haydn Society and the American Federation of Musicians, Boston Local 9-535, announced Tuesday that they have ratified a new four-year contract for the musicians of the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. The agreement, which runs through June 2017, extends beyond H&H's Bicentennial celebrations in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

"The Handel and Haydn Society and its musicians have worked together to show their joint commitment to ensuring a healthy and vibrant future for the orchestra and institution as the Bicentennial approaches," remarked Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard.

Pat Hollenbeck, president of Boston Local 9-535, commented, "The Boston Musicians' Association and our world class musicians are pleased to continue a long partnership with the magnificent Handel and Haydn Society as their 200th anniversary approaches."

The contract, which provides wage increases of two to three percent each year for a total 10.5% cumulative over four years, allows for players to participate in a 403(b) plan, and solidifies important artistic initiatives undertaken since the last contract in 2008. In conjunction with the institution's Strategic Plan, H&H is poised to move through the Bicentennial and beyond as an artistically, financially, and operationally stable and innovative organization.

ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: Handel and Haydn Society is a professional Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus and an internationally recognize­d leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the composer's time. Founded in Boston in 1815, H&H is considered 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).