The Handel and Haydn Society announces Society Ball to benefit Education and Artistic Initiatives

By February 12, 2014 Uncategorized

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The Handel and Haydn Society announces Society Ball to benefit Education and Artistic Initiatives

2014 Gala Benefit salutes two leaders in music education and scholarship, Harvard Professor of Music Thomas Forrest Kelly and Boston University Associate Professor of Music Sandra Nicolucci

Saturday evening, March 22 event at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vocal Apprenticeship Program

February 12, 2014 (Boston, MA) — On Saturday evening, March 22, supporters of the Handel and Haydn Society and music education will come together to honor two important leaders in the field of music scholarship. The event will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vocal Apprenticeship Program and raise funds and awareness for H&H’s education and artistic initiatives. The annual black-tie gala, which takes place this year at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, will be co-chaired by longtime H&H supporters, Jane Manilych and Cecily Tyler. 99.5 WCRB’s Laura Carlo will return as Master of Ceremonies for a fun-filled evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, musical entertainment by H&H musicians and youth singers, and live and silent auctions. Marie Keep of Skinner, Inc. returns as auctioneer. Each year, The Society Ball celebrates the work of special honorees. H&H’s 2014 gala honorees have made significant contributions to the music field. Thomas Forrest Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University, is an international figure in the field of early music, particularly medieval chant. He has been an asset to H&H over the years, first as an advisor and most recently with the preparation of a commemorative book celebrating H&H’s upcoming 200th anniversary. Like Dr. Kelly, Sandra Nicolucci has been long involved in music education in Massachusetts. In addition to teaching at Boston University, she has enjoyed a long career as a music educator and performing arts curriculum director in the Newton, Brookline, and Wellesley public schools, and has helped H&H continue to build its education programs. Among her other accomplishments, Dr. Nicolucci was involved in developing the first arts curriculum framework for the state of Massachusetts, and she is currently active in the creation of new national standards for arts education. The Society Ball will also salute the Vocal Apprenticeship Program (VAP), one of the crown jewels in H&H’s Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program. This year marks the 20th anniversary of VAP, which serves students in grades 3–12. VAP comprises five youth choral ensembles, music instruction, and a pre-professional vocal training program for high school students. Several of this year’s VAP ensembles will perform at The Society Ball. “This year’s gala represents a major milestone for us at the Handel and Haydn Society,” says H&H Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. “Just as we are about to embark on our 200th anniversary, we celebrate individuals who have been enormously beneficial to our organization’s success and longevity, the growth and continued impact of our Vocal Apprenticeship Program, and to the health of music in our state.” To learn more about The Society Ball or to purchase tickets, please contact Associate Director of the Annual Fund Meagan McMullen at 617 262 1815 or email A limited number of press tickets are available. Please contact Public Relations and Communications Manager Matthew Erikson at 617 262 1815 or email   EVENT INFORMATION The Society Ball: 2014 Gala Benefit and Auction Saturday, March 22, 6.30pm at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston Tickets from $500 (includes tax-deductible contribution)   Handel and Haydn Society Handel and Haydn Society (H&H) 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), as well as the Boston premieres of Mendelssohn’s Elijah (1848) and Mozart’s Requiem (1857). Handel and Haydn today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission to enrich life and influence culture by performing Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence, and by providing engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education and training activities. H&H is widely known through its local subscription series, tours, concert broadcasts on 99.5 WCRB and National Public Radio, and recordings. Its recording of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises won a 2003 Grammy Award and two of its recordings, All is Bright and Peace, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s classical music chart. Since the release of its first collaboration with Harry Christophers on the CORO label in September 2010, it has made available three live commercial recordings of works by Mozart – Mass in C Minor (2010), Requiem (2011), and Coronation Mass (2012)—as well as the critically acclaimed Haydn, Vol. 1 (September 2013) and the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas (October 2013). H&H’s award-winning Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program brings music education, vocal training, school partnerships, and performance opportunities to 10,000 students annually throughout Greater Boston and beyond. The Handel and Haydn Society is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. 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