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MA College of Art and Design Student Artwork Inspired by Handel's SAMSON on View at Symphony Hall

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MA College of Art and Design Student Artwork Inspired by Handel's SAMSON on View at Symphony Hall

The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design are proud to announce the continuation of a unique creative partnership, now in its third year. Under the instruction of MassArt faculty members, junior class students in the Illustration department have created works of visual art inspired by Handel's Samson. Twelve works will be on view at Symphony Hall's Cabot-Cahners Room during the same weekend that H+H performs Handel's dramatic oratorio.

Through Project: Handel, H+H and MassArt have explored the impact of multidisciplinary learning; demonstrated ways in which a performing arts organization and an artistic institution of higher education can engage students, educators, concertgoers, and the global internet community; and tested the public's conception of the arts.

In October and February, H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff and H+H musicians visited MassArt classes to give students greater insight into who Handel was, how he approached composition, the story of Samson, and the music of this masterwork. On Tuesday, April 15, a panel of MassArt faculty and H+H patrons selected the 12 works to display at Symphony Hall. All project-related artwork, which ranges from ethereal abstraction to comic-book directness, is available for view on Handel and Haydn Society's website, handelandhaydn.org/massart-samson.

This educational initiative began in 2012 when H+H performed Bach's St. Matthew Passion. It was such a success that the partners were eager to continue the collaboration, creating visual art to Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and now, Project: Handel.

"What we love about this partnership with MassArt is the incredible creative synergy," says H+H Director of Bicentennial and Community Engagement Emily Yoder Reed. "It's been a fun and effective way to break down the wall between the musicians and the audience, and build community engagement through another medium."

"This is a great opportunity for our students," says Linda Bourke, Chair of the Illustration Department at MassArt. "They learn about music and history through this partnership and, in return, contribute to the creative economy by illustrating what the work means to them and then sharing their creations with music patrons."

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