Handel and Haydn Society to Open 2013-14 Season with MASS IN B MINOR, 9/27-29
Based on the biblical story, Samson features an epic score comprising some of Handel's most famous arias, and was an immediate success from its first performance in 1742. Notably, Handel composed the oratorio within a month after completing Messiah. Christophers, one of the world's most respected interpreters of Handel, marvels at the composer's output and delights in the opportunity to juxtapose the works: "Two masterpieces in quick succession is some feat, and I look forward to performing them both in one season."
On November 1 and 3, Grant Llewellyn, former H&H Music Director and a Boston favorite, returns to the H&H stage for the first time since 2008 to lead the Period Instrument Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and Mozart's Haffner Symphony. Scott Metcalfe, Music Director of the Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron, makes his H&H debut leading A Bach Christmas on December 19 and 22 in Jordan Hall. This festive program features Bach's Cantata 62, composed for the first Sunday of Advent, and other music from the 17th century German tradition. Richard Egarr, whom H&H welcomes back to continue a multiple season exploration of Beethoven's symphonies, conducts a program on January 24 and 26, featuring Symphony No. 4. Young trumpet phenomenon Alison Balsommakes her H&H debut in this program, performing Haydn's groundbreaking Trumpet Concerto on a keyed trumpet, the instrument for which the concerto was composed.
Following the end of its subscription season in May, the Handel and Haydn Society performs with Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) for the first time since 1996. The Celebrity Series of Boston presents H&H and MMDG in Morris's new, fully staged production of Mozart's arrangement of the Handel opera Acis & Galatea. A star trio including fashion icon and costume designer Isaac Mizrahi, celebrated visual artist and scenic designer Adrianne Lobel, and acclaimed lighting designer Michael Chybowski will set the stage for this epic tale. Four performances, conducted by Nicholas McGegan, Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque, take place at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre May 15-18 (see p. 5 for details).
Haydn, Vol. 1, a recording of H&H's February 2013 Haydn in Paris performance will be released on the CORO label on September 10, 2013. Recorded live at Symphony Hall, the CD features concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky performing Haydn's Violin Concerto in G Major paired with Haydn's Symphony No. 6 and Symphony No. 82. In October, H&H will release An American Christmas, a collection of a cappella holiday favorites and traditional carols sung by H&H's chorus under the direction of Harry Christophers. The CDs will expand H&H's catalogue of recordings, joining the recently completed Mozart trilogy recorded with Harry Christophers: Mass in C Minor (September 2010), Requiem (September 2011), and Coronation Mass (September 2012).
Tickets to Bach Mass in BMinor, along with other subscription concerts, are on sale at the Handel and Haydn Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at www.handelandhaydn.org or in person at Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10am-6pm). Subscriptions to the 2013-2014 season are still available. Options include nine- and six-concert series and an H2 Young Professionals package, as well as "Choose Your Own" packages.
More On: Ian Keith, Tom Rand, Mark Morris, Isaac Mizrahi, Adrianne Lobel, Michael Chybowski,