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MASTERFULLY PERFORMED. PASSIONATELY SHARED.


WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE SWEPT AWAY? This is not your invitation to attend a concert. This is your invitation to experience a boundless creative journey. To connect with some of history’s greatest composers. And some of today’s greatest musicians. This is something more than music. This is the new season of the Handel and Haydn Society. Each performance promises a striking blend of masterful conducting, inspirational singing and orchestral precision. Period instruments, performed by musicians dedicated to connecting you as directly as possible with the great composers and the soul of their music, create a lighter, more transparent sound that wipes off the cobwebs and restores the music’s brilliance. The experience is historically accurate. And utterly new. It’s beautifully intimate. And wildly unforgettable. These are the masterpieces you know, performed in a way you can’t imagine. Experience the energy, mastery and creativity for yourself. Please join us for the 2019-20 season.

PHOTO CREDITS: Marco Borggreve, Sam Brewer, Tatiana Daubek, Henry Dombey, Stu Rosner, Lara Silberklang, Kat Waterman


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-ALL SUBSCRIBERS RECEIVE: • Better seats – subscribers are seated first • Lower prices – discounts vary by package size and location • Free ticket exchange if there’s ever a schedule conflict • 20% off additional tickets you buy, all season long. And there is no handling fee for those add-on tickets • Money Back Guarantee – we’re so sure you’ll love the H+H experience that if you aren’t completely satisfied after your first concert, return the rest of your tickets and we’ll give you your money back • Dining privileges at award-winning Lucca Back Bay. Subscribers are invited to enjoy a gourmet pre- or post-concert 3-course meal at substantial savings


A MODERN MUSICAL JOURNEY HUNDREDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING. Standing at the forefront of the historically informed performance movement, H+H delivers audiences a unique listening experience by playing on period instruments, the kind for which the great Baroque and Classical composers wrote their masterpieces. Woodwinds are made of wood, not metal or plastic. Brass instruments have no modern valves. Strings are crafted of gut, not steel. And while the instruments make for a striking difference in the sound of the music, there are other reasons. The orchestra is smaller, 25 to 50 musicians as opposed to the 100 found in today’s conventional orchestras. Sharing the stage are 25 to 30 members of the chorus. This is just as when the music was written several centuries ago. Simply said, there is no better way to preserve the artistic intentions of history’s greatest composers. Or to showcase their musical genius. The difference in the sound is simply stunning. Masterpieces you know and love take on an entirely new life. You feel different textures. Hear subtle and graceful variations. And notice beautiful nuances. You hear things you’ve never heard before. But you hear them now. All as part of a historically informed performance by an organization that has been playing this music longer than anyone else in the country, founded when musicians like Beethoven were living, contemporary pop stars.

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A MOZART CELEBRATION

MOZART JUPITER SYMPHONY

It’s Mozart at his most charming and powerful. You’ll feel his spirit as Harry Christophers, our gifted orchestra, stunning chorus, and a quartet of stellar vocalists raise the curtain on our season. Connect with some of the composer’s most engaging music, played the way he himself would have heard it: the effervescent serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik (“A Little Night Music”), impassioned concert arias, and the solemn Great Mass with high-wire singing and a transcendent “Et incarnatus est.”

After his recent enthusiastically received H+H performances of Messiah, Bernard Labadie returns to lead Mozart’s Jupiter—named for the king of the gods—with trumpets and drums lending a fittingly regal air, freshly and authentically realized by the H+H Orchestra. Principal cello Guy Fishman solos in C.P.E. Bach’s high-spirited cello concerto, bringing its poetry to vibrant life and connecting you to its emotional landscape.

FRIDAY, OCT 4, 2019 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, OCT 6, 2019 AT 3:00PM

FRIDAY, NOV 8, 2019 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, NOV 10, 2019 AT 3:00PM

Harry Christophers, conductor Joélle Harvey, soprano Caitlin Lynch, soprano Aaron Sheehan, tenor Peter Walker, bass-baritone H+H Orchestra and Chorus

Bernard Labadie, conductor Guy Fishman, cello H+H Orchestra

FRIDAY, NOV 29, 2019 AT 7:30PM SATURDAY, NOV 30, 2019 AT 3:00PM SUNDAY, DEC 1, 2019 AT 3:00PM

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture C.P.E. Bach: Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172/H. 439 Mozart: Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor Elizabeth Watts, soprano Reginald Mobley, countertenor Nicholas Phan, tenor Dashon Burton, bass-baritone H+H Orchestra and Chorus

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Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Mass in C Minor, K. 427, Great Concert aria, “Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner!” Concert aria, “Ah, lo previdi!”–“Ah, t’invola”– “Deh, non varcar”

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Handel’s iconic Messiah is a treasured holiday tradition that H+H is observing for a 166th consecutive year, presented by our peerless orchestra, chorus, and soloists. With critically acclaimed Baroque master Masaaki Suzuki on the podium, you’ll enjoy this masterpiece the way the composer intended, with dazzling vocal solos, spine-tingling instrumental fireworks, and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time. It’s Boston’s must-see Messiah. “The Handel and Haydn Society’s Messiah remains unmatched.” – Yankee Magazine

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Nothing says Christmas like a beautiful package of Baroque musical jewels. Our astounding concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky directs music that will resound with vitality and joy, the cobwebs wiped away, when performed on the instruments the composers intended. Torelli’s ethereal Christmas Concerto and Biber’s joyful Mystery Sonata celebrating the birth of Jesus are jubilant music to brighten a wintery day and nourish your spirit all year long.

Experience three grand classics, alive with all the excitement and verve of their very first performances. Aisslinn Nosky stars in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with its luminous adagio—part of H+H’s multi-year cycle of his violin concertos. Then, thrill to one of Haydn’s masterful “London” symphonies that wowed England’s capital—the smash hit Military, so-called for intense depictions of the clash of arms and ferocious roar of war. In the epic Lord Nelson Mass our magnificent chorus and soloists join the orchestra in this homage to the heroic general who vanquished Napoleon.

THURSDAY, DEC 19, 2019 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, DEC 22, 2019 AT 3:00PM

FRIDAY, JAN 24, 2020 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, JAN 26, 2020 AT 3:00PM

Aisslinn Nosky, violin and director Debra Nagy, oboe and recorder Emi Ferguson, flute H+H Orchestra

Harry Christophers, conductor Aisslinn Nosky, violin and leader Mireille Asselin, soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano Jeremy Budd, tenor Sumner Thompson, baritone H+H Orchestra and Chorus

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto RV 270, Concerto II Riposo Per il Santissimo Natale Torelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 8, No. 6 in G Minor, Christmas Concerto Charpentier: Noël pour instruments Biber: Mystery Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Nativity Biber: Passacaglia in G Minor

Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218 Haydn: Symphony No. 100, Military Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass

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Critically acclaimed fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout makes his H+H directorial debut in Beethoven’s dramatic Third Piano Concerto. You’ll hear the composer speak from the heart, only now in a bold new voice. Soloist and orchestra recreate this new voice with their trademark sound that’s as astonishing today as it was in the creator’s day. Taking inspiration from Haydn, Mozart also tried a new approach in his Linz symphony: a majestic introduction announces that you’re in for something grand and sweeps you along to the celebratory conclusion, accompanied by spirited drumbeats.

FRIDAY, FEB 14, 2020 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, FEB 16, 2020 AT 3:00PM Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano and director H+H Orchestra C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia for Strings in C Major, Wq. 182/3 Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Mozart: Rondo in A Major, K. 386 Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz

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BACH ST. MATTHEW PASSION

VIVALDI THE FOUR SEASONS

No one could carry off this triple-header better than H+H, which is dedicated to connecting you with all the freshness and energy of this music as when it was brand new. Haydn’s popular Le Matin invites you to witness night giving way to the sunrise and birds intoning their morning song. The Oxford is appropriately noble for the occasion of Haydn receiving an honorary doctorate. And, bidding farewell to the 18th century, Beethoven’s iconoclastic First Symphony steps into a future where music speaks directly to the heart.

Arguably the greatest work in Western classical music, the St. Matthew Passion reflects on the central drama of the Christian religion: the trial, suffering, and death of Jesus as a redemptive act for humankind. Bach draws upon the boundless reservoir of his genius to tell this moving story. The combined forces of the H+H Orchestra, chorus, and six soloists bring this masterpiece—with its near-operatic proportions and intensity—to life, the way it was meant to be heard. Expect a deeply moving, spiritual, and authentic musical experience.

Let’s all agree: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of classical music’s most spectacular hits. And yet, when you hear it played “the H+H way”—in a historically informed performance on period instruments—you’ll feel like you’re hearing it for the first time…utterly fresh, sparkling, and exuberant. As soloist, Aisslinn Nosky’s virtuosity is guaranteed to dazzle. Part of the fun for you, our audience, is listening for Vivaldi’s spot-on sound effects—birds, a brook, a barking dog, gnats and flies, thunder and lightning, the chattering of teeth, and slipping on ice. This is a piece for all seasons.

FRIDAY, FEB 28, 2020 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, MAR 1, 2020 AT 3:00PM

FRIDAY, APR 3, 2020 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, APR 5, 2020 AT 3:00PM

Jonathan Cohen, conductor H+H Orchestra

Harry Christophers, conductor Joshua Ellicott, tenor (Evangelist) Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (Jesus) Joélle Harvey, soprano Paula Murrihy, mezzo-soprano TBD, tenor Stephan MacLeod, bass-baritone H+H Orchestra and Chorus

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Haydn: Symphony No. 6, Le Matin Haydn: Symphony No. 92, Oxford Beethoven: Symphony No. 1

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020 AT 7:30PM SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020 AT 3:00PM Harry Christophers, conductor Aisslinn Nosky, violin and leader H+H Orchestra and Chorus Handel: “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon Handel: Dixit Dominus Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


“THE CHORUS MADE A SPLENDID SOUND. ITS COMPACT SIZE ALLOWED FOR A NUANCED, SHIMMERING MIX OF VOCAL COLORS” — The Boston Globe

Visit handelandhaydn.org/watch-now for videos of H+H musicians sharing the connections, bonds and creation of music on their period instruments. Instrument videos directed and produced by Cecily Tyler and the film crew of Docutribe: Lucian Johnston, Stebs Schinnerer, Verne Mattson, and Billy Wirasnik.


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H+H offers several different packages so you can find one that suits you best. And each one includes our Money Back Guarantee: attend your first NEC’s concertJordan and if you’re Hallnot completely satisfied we’ll cancel your subscription and refund the balance of your payment.

2019-20 PACKAGES AND PRICES

Full Season Series (9 concerts)

Enjoy the complete H+H experience at both Symphony Hall and NEC’s Jordan Hall. Includes FREE parking for all FLOOR & CIRCLE BALCONY Symphony Hall concerts, a savings of $150. The Full Season includes all concerts in this brochure.

Symphony Hall Series (6 concerts) Sanders Theatre

There is no better place to experience the full H+H period orchestra and chorus than historic Symphony Hall. This series includes A Mozart Celebration, Mozart Jupiter Symphony, Handel Messiah, Mozart + Haydn, Bach St. Matthew Passion, and Vivaldi The Four Seasons. FLOOR & MEZZANINE

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Create Your Own Series 8 concerts

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5 concerts

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