The Handel and Haydn Society Branches Out with Concerts across Northeastern Massachusetts

By May 12, 2014 Uncategorized

Ahead of its 200th Season, members of the H+H Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform intimate chamber-sized programs at museum and church venues.

 Performances are Saturday, May 31 at 3pm at the Peabody Essex Museum; Sunday, June 1 at 2pm at the Concord Museum; and Tuesday, June 3rd at 12.15pm at King’s Chapel in Boston.

May 12, 2014 (Boston, MA) —  Handel and Haydn Society musicians will present three chamber-sized performances to audiences across Northeastern Massachusetts. H+H’s expanded presence stems from strategic initiatives to broaden H+H’s audience as it prepares for its upcoming Bicentennial Season.

The concerts will take place within a span of a few days and showcase the full breadth and talent of H+H’s singers and instrumentalists. Members of the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus will perform a wide range of repertoire, from the choral heights of German Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz to the 19th-century Romantic sounds of Felix Mendelssohn.

The May 31 program H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum coincides with the opening day of the exhibition “Turner & the Sea.” In the first full-scale examination of Joseph Mallord William Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea, the Salem museum’s exhibition features iconic works spanning the painter’s career. To celebrate, mezzo-soprano Mary Gerbi and baritone Bradford Gleim join violinist Abigail Karr and fortepianist Ian Watson for songs and music by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and British composers working at the same time as J.M.W. Turner.

The next day, members of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus perform a concert of early American a cappella songs at the Concord Museum. This specially tailored program connects with the just-opened exhibition “The Shot Heard Round the World: April 19, 1775” with music heard during that same time period. Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff will provide introduction and commentary during the concert.

On Tuesday, June 3, H+H returns to historic King’s Chapel for a free lunchtime concert of Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7. Back Bay Chorale Music Director Scott Allen Jarrett will lead the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus in the 35-minute program that takes place at the same location as H+H’s first concert in 1815.


H+H at the Peabody Essex Museum

Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3pm

161 Essex Street, Salem; Morse Auditorium

$18 general admission; $15 seniors; $12 students (with valid ID); members free


H+H at the Concord Museum

Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 2pm

200 Lexington Road, Concord

$20 members; $25 non-members (includes museum admission)


H+H at King’s Chapel

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 12.15pm

58 Tremont Street, Boston; free admission