Handel and Haydn Society to Present HAYDN IN PARIS, 2/22 & 24


Handel and Haydn Society Presents Haydn in Paris, conducted by Artistic Director Harry Christophers, on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 8pm and Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3pm at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Mass.

Haydn in Paris

HAYDN: Symphony No. 6, Le matin
HAYDN: Violin Concerto No. 4
HAYDN: Overture to L'isola disabitata
HAYDN: Symphony No. 82, The Bear

Harry Christophers, conductor
Aisslinn Nosky, violin and leader
Period Instrument Orchestra

Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased through the Handel and Haydn (H&H) Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at handelandhaydn.org, or in person at the Handel and Haydn Society office, Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F, 10am-6pm). Single tickets range from $20 to $78. Student rush is available starting one hour before the performance: $15 cash only with valid ID, best available seats subject to availability. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount.

Under Harry Christophers' expert hands, Haydn comes to life in a program that showcases one of his Paris Symphonies, The Bear, as part of an all-Haydn program. H&H's fiery and expressive Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky returns to the spotlight after the smashing success of her Vivaldi The Four Seasons performances in 2012.

Haydn's Symphony No. 6 was written in 1761, shortly after Haydn joined the court of his then employer, Prince Esterhazy. The nickname "Le matin" was later given to the symphony (possibly by the Prince) because the slow introduction of the opening movement gave the impression of a sunrise. The work was the first the H&H orchestra performed with Harry Christophers at the podium. Christophers reflected, "back in 2006 I was invited to conduct the Handel and Haydn Society at Haydn's workplace, the Esterhazy palace in Eisenstadt. What did we perform? Le Matin. Performing these works in the very place Haydn performed them for the first time was an amazing experience, and I look forward to revisiting this work with our orchestra and bringing it to our audiences at home in Boston."

Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 4 will be led by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky, who will both play and lead the piece. This represents two firsts for H&H; the orchestra has never before performed the concerto, and this will be Aisslinn's first time leading the ensemble. The G Major Violin Concerto, written in three movements, was composed in 1769. "Haydn is one of my favourite composers and I am thrilled to be able to bring this beautiful concerto to life," said Nosky.

Due to his tremendous popularity in France, Haydn was commissioned in the 1780s by the Count of Ogny in Paris to compose six symphonies that would be performed by "Le Concert de la loge 'Olympique'" in Paris, an orchestra notable for its large size. "The Bear," a festive, jubliant work, was the last of these symphonies to be composed, completed in 1786 and performed in 1787. As with "Le matin," the nickname was later added by someone other than the composer - to some ears the music of the fourth movement was similar to that which was used to accompany dancing bears in the street.

The program is rounded out with the overture to L'isola disabitata (The Deserted Island), composed in 1779, was Haydn's tenth opera.

After the Friday night performance, an H2 Young Professionals afterparty will be held at Lucca Backbay. Recent analysis shows that nearly 30% of H&H's audience is between the ages of 18 and 44, and the H2 program provides an opportunity young professionals to relax after the show and make connections with fellow music-lovers, staff, and musicians. Each H2 event has a concert related theme, and Friday's event will be the Kings and Queens party.

Haydn in Paris will be recorded live for commercial release on the CORO label in September 2013. The recording will expand H&H's catalogue of works recorded under Harry Christophers, joining the recently completed Mozart trilogy of Mozart Mass in C Minor (September 2010), Mozart Requiem (September 2011), and Mozart Coronation Mass (September 2012). The CORO label was launched in 2001 to record founder and conductor Harry Christophers' UK-based ensemble The Sixteen.

Pre-Concert Conversation
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7pm
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2pm
Conversations will take place in Symphony Hall's Higginson Hall
Free with concert tickets

Musicologist Teresa Neff gives an illuminating look inside the music and historical context of the program.

H2 Young Professionals
Friday, February 22, 2013 post-concert
Lucca Back Bay, 116 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Free with concert tickets

Join us after the concert at Lucca Back Bay for cocktails, conversation, and making connections. We invite you to meet staff, musicians, and other young arts enthusiasts to experience Baroque and Classical music in new and exciting ways.

Harry Christophers, CBE, enters his fourth season as Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society with the 2012-2013 Season. Appointed in 2008, he began his tenure with the 2009-2010 Season and has conducted Handel and Haydn each season since September 2006, when he led a sold-out performance in the Esterházy Palace at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Christophers and H&H have since embarked on an ambitious artistic Journey towards H&H's 2015 Bicentennial with a showcase of works premiered in the United States by the Handel and Haydn Society since 1815, Education programming, community outreach activities and partnerships, and the release of the first of a series of recordings on the CORO label leading to the Bicentennial. Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the UK-based choir and period instrument ensemble The Sixteen. He has directed The Sixteen throughout Europe, America, and the Far East, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th century music. In 2000, he instituted the "Choral Pilgrimage," a tour of British cathedrals from York to Canterbury. He has recorded close to 100 titles for which he has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque for Handel Messiah, numerous Preise der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics Awards), the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, and the prestigious Classical Brit Award (2005) for his disc entitled Renaissance. In 2009 he received one of classical music's highest accolades, the Classic FM Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year Award; The Sixteen also won the Baroque Vocal Award for Handel Coronation Anthems, a CD that also received a 2010 Grammy Award nomination. Harry Christophers is also Principal Guest Conductor of The Granada Symphony Orchestra and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In October 2008, Christophers was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and also of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama and was awarded a CBE in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours.