2013–2014 | 199th Season

Bach Mass in B Minor
Sept 27 & 29, 2013 | Symphony Hall

Mozart and Beethoven
Nov 1 & 3, 2013 | Symphony Hall

Handel Messiah
Nov 29-Dec 1, 2013 | Symphony Hall

A Bach Christmas
Dec 19 & 22, 2013 | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Beethoven Symphony No. 4
Jan 24 & 26, 2014 | Symphony Hall

Vivaldi Gloria
Feb 21 & 23, 2014 | Symphony Hall

Bach and Byrd
Mar 14 & 16, 2014 |  NEC’s Jordan Hall

Mendelssohn’s Library
Apr 4, 2014 | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Apr 6, 2014 | Sanders Theatre

Handel Samson
May 2 & 4, 2014 | Symphony Hall

2012–2013 | 198th Season

Bach Magnificat
Oct 12 & 14, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Mozart Jupiter
Nov 9 & 11, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Handel Messiah
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Bach Christmas Oratorio
Dec 13 & 16, 2012 | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Purcell The Indian Queen
Jan 25, 2013 | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Jan 27, 2013 | Sanders Theatre

Haydn in Paris
Feb 22 & 24, 2013 | Symphony Hall

Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Mar 15 & 17, 2013 | Symphony Hall

Vivaldi Virtuosi
Apr 5 & 7, 2013 | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Handel Jephtha
May 3 & 5, 2013 | Symphony Hall

2011–2012 | 197th Season

Mozart in Vienna
Sept 23 & 25, 2011 | Symphony Hall

Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Oct 28 & 30, 2011 | Jordan Hall

Handel Messiah
Dec 2–4, 2011 | Symphony Hall

A Bach Christmas
Dec 15 & 18, 2011 | Jordan Hall

Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Jan 20 & 22, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Beethoven Eroica
Feb 17 & 19, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Classical Salon
Mar 9, 2012 | Jordan Hall
Mar 11, 2012 | Sanders Theatre

Bach St. Matthew Passion
Mar 30 & Apr 1, 2012 | Symphony Hall

Mozart Coronation
Apr 27 & 29, 2012 | Symphony Hall

2010–2011 | 196th Season

Mozart: A Musical Journey
October 1 & 3, 2010 | Symphony Hall

Beethoven by Levin, Haydn by Labadie
October 29 & 31, 2010 | Symphony Hall

Handel’s Messiah
December 3-5, 2010 | Symphony Hall

A Bach Christmas
December 16 & 19, 2010 | Jordan Hall

Bach’s Brandenburgs 3 & 4
January 21 & 23, 2011 | Jordan Hall & Sanders Theatre

Handel’s Israel in Egypt
February 18 & 20, 2011 | Symphony Hall

Beethoven’s Fifth
March 18 & 20, 2011 | Symphony Hall

Harry’s Vocal Voyage
April 1-3, 2011 | St. Cecilia Church & Memorial Church

Mozart’s Requiem
April 29 & May 1, 2011 | Symphony Hall

The Bach Experience
May 12 & 15, 2011 | Memorial Church

2009–2010 | 195th Season

Viva La Voce!
Friday, October 9 at 8pm
Sunday, October 11 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor
Andreas Scholl, countertenor

A grand start to the Season! This is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned countertenor Andreas Scholl as he joins conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi and the Period Instrument Orchestra in one of Vivaldi’s earliest known sacred vocal works.

 


 

Returns and Farewell
Friday, November 6, 8pm
Sunday, November 8, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Jane Glover, conductor
Robert Levin, fortepiano

This enticing collaboration of returning favorites fortepianist Robert Levin and conductor and Mozart specialist Jane Glover explores the wide range of Mozart’s repertoire and its influence on Haydn.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 4 at 7.30pm
Saturday, December 5 at 3pm
Sunday, December 6 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Tom Randle, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

A holiday tradition for 156 years. Join Harry Christophers as he makes his eagerly anticipated debut as Artistic Director in an inspired interpretation of Handel’s Messiah that The Boston Globe called “a revelation.”

 


 

Christmas in Québec
Monday, December 7 at 8pm
Salle Louis Fréchette, Grand Théâtre de Québec

John Finney, conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

The acclaimed Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra travels to Quebec City for a special concert presented by the Club Musical de Québec and featuring contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux.

 


 

A Baroque Gift
Thursday, December 17 at 8pm
Sunday, December 20 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Jaap ter Linden, conductor

Rejoice as both popular and lesser known holiday works are featured when Baroque specialist Jaap ter Linden makes his first appearance directing and playing with the Society orchestra in this festive program.

Passion in Vienna
Friday, January 29 at 8pm
Sunday, January 31 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Gillian Keith, soprano
Iestyn Davies, countertenor
Tove Dahlberg, mezzo soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Embrace the spirit and drama of 18th century Vienna as Harry Christophers conducts the glorious works of prolific composers Mozart, Caldara, and Gluck.

 


 

Zest for Love
Friday, February 12 at 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 14 at 3pm
Sanders Theatre

Laurence Cummings, conductor
Lee Aaron Rosen, actor
Nikkole Salter, actor

Celebrate the season of love with a program of beautiful, romantic vocal music, and moving readings from Shakespeare.

 


 

A Musical Salon
Friday, March 19 at 8pm
Sunday, March 21 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Robert Nairn, leader/bass
Jim True-Frost, actor
Susan Consoli, soprano

Join us for a intimate program of music and poetry set in a 19th-century English salon. Hear Mozart, Schubert and more as if you were transported to their drawing rooms. In collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company.

 


 

Beethoven Pastoral
Friday, April 9 at 8pm
Sunday, April 11 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Thrill to this innovative performance of Beethoven’s most popular symphony with celebrated conductor Sir Roger Norrington who claims “the purpose of playing Beethoven on old instruments is to make him sound new!”

 


 

Bach Portrait
Friday, April 30 at 8pm
Sunday, May 2 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Christopher Krueger, flute
Daniel Stepner, violin
Linda Quan, violin
John Finney, harpsichord
Lydia Brotherton, soprano
Thea Lobo, alto
Ryan Turner, tenor
Bradford Gleim, bass
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Hear the beloved Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, plus Bach cantatas and motets.

2008–2009 | 194th Season

Celebrate Handel!
Friday, October 3 at 8pm
Sunday, October 5 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Gillian Keith, soprano

Enjoy a program of regal music by Handel, from the heroic sounds of his Coronation Anthems to soaring arias from Jephtha and Semele. The engaging Harry Christophers leads the Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra, along with gifted soprano Gillian Keith.

 


 

Beethoven and Mozart
Friday, November 7 at 8pm
Sunday, November 9 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Richard Egarr, conductor/fortepiano

Richard Egarr, Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, makes his Handel and Haydn debut, leading Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 from the fortepiano and conducting Mozart’s lively Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s delightful Symphony no. 8.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 6 at 3pm
Sunday, December 7 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Paul Daniel, conductor
Kendra Colton, soprano
Paul Murrihy, mezzo-soprano
Brian Stucki, tenor
Brett Polegato baritone
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Audiences have been enjoying Handel and Haydn’s Messiah performances for 155 consecutive years. Famed British opera conductor Paul Daniel promises to deliver an unforgettable rendition of this beloved Boston tradition.

 


 

A Bach Christmas
Thursday, December 18 at 8pm
Sunday, December 21 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor

Conductor John Finney and the Society’s acclaimed Chorus offer a joyous program of Bach’s timeless Christmas music. Celebrate the season with Bach’s glorious Magnificat and two festive cantatas.

 


 

Baroque Grand Tour
Friday, February 27 at 8pm
Sunday, March 1 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Paul Goodwin, conductor

Experience a musical journey through Baroque Europe led by the versatile conductor Paul Goodwin. Travel to Germany with Bach’s extraordinary Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, to England with the expressive delights of Purcell, and to France with the instrumental poetry of Couperin.

Romantic Brahms
Friday, March 20 at 8pm
Sunday, March 22 at 8pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Iiya Gringolts, Violin

Join dynamic conductor Grant Llewellyn as he explores the Romantic era with Brahms’ Symphony no. 1. Brahms spent 20 years perfecting this masterpiece to honor the legacy of Beethoven and Haydn. The program also features Mendelssohn’s beautifully lyric Violin Concerto and a World Premiere of a new choral tribute to Handel.

 


 

Music at Fever Pitch
Friday, April 3 at 8pm
Old South Church
Sunday, April 5 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Phoebe Carrai, cello

Explore the fiery drama and emotion of the Baroque with a program of masterworks by Handel, Telemann, Rebel and C.P.E. Bach. The eloquent young conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni makes his Handel and Haydn debut leading this sparkling program, featuring gifted cellist Phoebe Carrai.

 


 

Haydn in London
Friday, April 24 at 8pm
Sunday, April 26 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Discover Doctor Haydn’s London Academy with Sir Roger Norrington. Encounter the variety of Haydn’s first works inspired by his time in England. From his spectacular symphonies to his take on English folk songs, hear why audiences have flocked to hear Haydn’s music for more than 200 years!

 


 

Celebrate Haydn
Sunday, May 31 at 3pm
Longy School of Music

Musicians from the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra as well as young singers from the Society’s Young Women’s Chorus and Young Men’s Chorus present a showcase of unique chamber arrangements of Haydn’s extraordinary music. Presented with the Haydn Society of North America’s 2009 Conference.

2008–2009 | 194th Season

Celebrate Handel!
Friday, October 3 at 8pm
Sunday, October 5 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Gillian Keith, soprano

Enjoy a program of regal music by Handel, from the heroic sounds of his Coronation Anthems to soaring arias from Jephtha and Semele. The engaging Harry Christophers leads the Chorus and Period-Instrument Orchestra, along with gifted soprano Gillian Keith.

 


 

Beethoven and Mozart
Friday, November 7 at 8pm
Sunday, November 9 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Richard Egarr, conductor/fortepiano

Richard Egarr, Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, makes his Handel and Haydn debut, leading Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 from the fortepiano and conducting Mozart’s lively Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s delightful Symphony no. 8.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 6 at 3pm
Sunday, December 7 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Paul Daniel, conductor
Kendra Colton, soprano
Paul Murrihy, mezzo-soprano
Brian Stucki, tenor
Brett Polegato baritone
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus

Audiences have been enjoying Handel and Haydn’s Messiah performances for 155 consecutive years. Famed British opera conductor Paul Daniel promises to deliver an unforgettable rendition of this beloved Boston tradition.

 


 

A Bach Christmas
Thursday, December 18 at 8pm
Sunday, December 21 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor

Conductor John Finney and the Society’s acclaimed Chorus offer a joyous program of Bach’s timeless Christmas music. Celebrate the season with Bach’s glorious Magnificat and two festive cantatas.

 


 

Baroque Grand Tour
Friday, February 27 at 8pm
Sunday, March 1 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Paul Goodwin, conductor

Experience a musical journey through Baroque Europe led by the versatile conductor Paul Goodwin. Travel to Germany with Bach’s extraordinary Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, to England with the expressive delights of Purcell, and to France with the instrumental poetry of Couperin.

Romantic Brahms
Friday, March 20 at 8pm
Sunday, March 22 at 8pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Iiya Gringolts, Violin

Join dynamic conductor Grant Llewellyn as he explores the Romantic era with Brahms’ Symphony no. 1. Brahms spent 20 years perfecting this masterpiece to honor the legacy of Beethoven and Haydn. The program also features Mendelssohn’s beautifully lyric Violin Concerto and a World Premiere of a new choral tribute to Handel.

 


 

Music at Fever Pitch
Friday, April 3 at 8pm
Old South Church
Sunday, April 5 at 3pm
Jordan Hall

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Phoebe Carrai, cello

Explore the fiery drama and emotion of the Baroque with a program of masterworks by Handel, Telemann, Rebel and C.P.E. Bach. The eloquent young conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni makes his Handel and Haydn debut leading this sparkling program, featuring gifted cellist Phoebe Carrai.

 


 

Haydn in London
Friday, April 24 at 8pm
Sunday, April 26 at 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Discover Doctor Haydn’s London Academy with Sir Roger Norrington. Encounter the variety of Haydn’s first works inspired by his time in England. From his spectacular symphonies to his take on English folk songs, hear why audiences have flocked to hear Haydn’s music for more than 200 years!

 


 

Celebrate Haydn
Sunday, May 31 at 3pm
Longy School of Music

Musicians from the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra as well as young singers from the Society’s Young Women’s Chorus and Young Men’s Chorus present a showcase of unique chamber arrangements of Haydn’s extraordinary music. Presented with the Haydn Society of North America’s 2009 Conference.

2007–2008 | 193rd Season

Distinctly Beethoven
Friday, October 19, 8pm
Sunday, October 21, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewllen, conductor
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, November 30, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 1, 3pm
Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor
Cyndia Sieden, soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
Tom Randle, tenor
Christopher Purves, baritone

 


 

Holiday Sing
Saturday, December 8, 3pm
Symphony Hall

John Finney, conductor

Sing along with popular Christmas carols and choruses from Handel’sMessiah.

 


 

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, December 16, 3pm
Wednesday, December 19, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Kristen Watson, soprano
Krista River, mezzosoprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone

 


 

Baroque Jewels for the English Theatre
Friday, January 11, 8pm
Sunday, January 13, 7pm
Jordan Hall

Philip Picket, conductor
Nicholas Martin, director
Nathalie Paulin, soprano
Jason Grant, baritone
Blair Brown, actor
Mark Blum, actor
Mia Barron, actor

Presented in collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company

Royal Fireworks
Friday, January 25, 8pm
Sunday, January 27, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Harry Christophers, conductor

 


 

Mozart’s Requiem
Friday, February 15, 8pm
Saturday, February 16, 2pm
Sunday, February 17, 3pm
Symphony Hall

John Nelson, conductor
Christine Brandes, soprano
Paula Murrihy, mezzosoprano
Charles Reid, tenor
Alfred Walker, bass

 


 

Classical Masters
Friday, March 7, 8pm
Sunday, March 9, 7.30pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
James Sommerville, horn

 


 

Italian Virtuosi
Friday, March 21, 8pm
Sunday, March 23, 7pm
Jordan Hall

Daniel Stepner, directing

 


 

Sir Roger’s Haydn
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Sunday, April 6, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
John McVeigh, tenor
Robert Gleadow, bass

2006–2007 | 192nd Season

Monteverdi’s Orfeo
Friday, September 22, 8pm
Saturday, September 23, 8pm
Sunday, September 24, 3pm
The Shubert Theatre

Chen Shi-Zheng, director
Laurence Cummings, conductor
Tom Randle, Orfeo
Alyson Cambridge, Euridice
Paula Murrihy, Messenger
Kevin Short, Pluto
Robert Honeysucker, Caronte
Elizabeth Watts, Musica/Hope
Stephanie Marshall, Proserpina
William Berger, Apollo

The London Times called this production “beguiling and beautiful – a mesmerizing show.” Don’t miss Monteverdi’s operatic masterpiece, Orfeo, performed on period instruments with modern staging including brilliant costumes and unusual lighting effects by internationally renowned stage director Chen Shi-Zheng. An acclaimed cast and a troupe of Indonesian dancers join the Handel and Haydn Chorus and Orchestra for this emotional story of Orfeo, who uses his formidable musical powers to rescue his beloved Euridice from the depths of hell.

Historic co-production with English National Opera.

 


 

Classic Genius: Beethoven and Mozart
Friday, October 27, 8pm
Sunday, October 29, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet

Enjoy the beautiful melodies and virtuoso flourishes of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with one of the world’s great performers on period clarinet, and discover the sheer emotional power of Beethoven’s first and second symphonies.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, December 1, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 2, 2.30pm
Sunday, December 3, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Laurence Cummings, conductor
Sari Gruber, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Iain Paton, tenor
James Maddalena, baritone

Hallelujah for the Holidays! Bring your family and friends and experience this beloved Boston tradition complete with the “Hallelujah” Chorus. Led by Laurence Cummings of the London Handel Festival in a unique version, one of 12 written by Handel.

 


 

Holiday Sing at Symphony Hall
Saturday, December 9, 3pm
Symphony Hall

John Finney, conductor

Make a joyful noise and sing your favorite Christmas carols with the Handel and Haydn Chorus, as well as selections from Messiah. And, enjoy listening to the festive sounds of a brass ensemble, the Back Bay Ringers handbell choir and the Handel and Haydn Young Women’s Chorus.

 


 

A Baroque Noel
Sunday, December 17, 3pm
Wednesday, December 20, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Emmanuelle Haim, conductor

Ring in the holidays with this intimate setting old timeless holiday masterpieces by Corelli, Charpentier and others led by Handel and Haydn’s charismatic Associate Conductor John Finney.

Welcome, Sir Roger Norrington
Friday, January 12, 8pm
Sunday, January 14, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Robert Levin, fortepiano
Ya-Fei Chuang, fortepiano

Franz Joseph Haydn perfected the classical symphony and his works are a marvel of invention and surprise. The legendary Sir Roger Norrington makes his eagerly anticipated debut with two of Haydn’s grandest symphonies, as well as Mozart’s delightful and not often heardConcerto for Two Pianos featuring the incomparable Robert Levin. A historical Boston musical event not to be missed.

 


 

Baroque Brilliance
Friday, February 9, 8pm
Sunday, February 11, 3pm
Jordan Hall

David Stern, conductor
Stephen Hammer, oboe
Kathleen Staten, oboe

Toutes Suites! Members of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra offer virtuoso concertos and suites by Baroque masters. The program will be conducted by American David Stern, whose appearances throughout Europe have earned him great critical acclaim.

 


 

Love Songs
Friday, February 23, 8pm
Sunday, February 25, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Joy, rapture, and longing! Principal Conductor Grant Llewellyn returns to the Handel and Haydn stage to lead our acclaimed Chorus in selections from Monteverdi’s Songs of Love and War and Brahms’ Love Song Waltzes. Bring a loved one!

 


 

Mozart, Haydn & Hogwood
Friday, March 2, 8pm
Sunday, March 4, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Christopher Krueger, flute

Delight in the humor and invention of some of Mozart and Haydn’s most engaging works. Enjoy Mozart re-imagined as Christopher Hogwood returns to lead historical rearrangements of two Mozart masterpieces. Also, enjoy Haydn’s ingenious Symphony No. 98, full of musical humor.

 


 

Haydn’s The Seasons
Friday, April 13, 8pm
Sunday, April 15, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano (Jane)
Chrisoph Genz, tenor (Lucas)
Gunther Groissbock, baritone (Simon)

In Sir Roger Norrington’s own words, “It’s a very, very beautiful work…” Don’t miss this grand season finale for soloists, orchestra and chorus. The magnificent Haydn oratorio depicts the four seasons through musical imagery including a hunt, a crashing thunderstorm, and a striking sunrise.

2005–2006 | 191st Season

Dido and Aeneas
Friday, October 14, 8pm
Saturday, October 15, 8pm
Sunday, October 16, 3pm
Cutler Majestic Theatre

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Chen Shi-Zheng, stage director
Paula Murrihy, Dido
Heather Buck, Belinda
Nmon Ford, Aeneas

Chen Shi-Zheng returns to direct a new, fully staged production of Purcell’s powerful and ultimately tragic love story,Dido and Aeneas. Inventive videography and lighting create stunning special effects, including a frightening storm and a blazing fire in the final scene.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, November 27, 3pm
Friday, December 2, 7.30pm
Sunday, December 4, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Awet Andemicael, soprano
Krista River, alto
Nathan Granner, tenor
Kevin Short, baritone

Experience “the most compelling local performance” (Boston Globe) of this beloved holiday tradition. Make it yours!

 


 

Christmas in Wales
Sunday, December 18, 3pm
Wednesday, December 21, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Add new sparkle and meaning to your family’s holiday celebrations as Grant Llewellyn conducts festive choral music for the season and recites — with a Welshman’s passion — Dylan Thomas’A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

 


 

Beethoven’s Fifth
Friday, January 13, 8pm
Saturday, January 14, 3pm
Sunday, January 15, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Richard Tognetti, violin

Thrill to music’s most famous four-note theme and experience Beethoven’s dazzling Violin Concerto with virtuoso Richard Tognetti.

 


 

A Mozart Soiree
Friday, February 3, 8pm
Sunday, February 5, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Stephen Hammer, directing
John Gibbons, fortepiano

Principal wind players from the Handel and Haydn Orchestra play Mozart’s great Serenade in C Minor and engaging wind arrangements of his classic operas.

Happy Birthday, Mozart
Friday, February 17, 8pm
Sunday, February 19, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Richard Clement, tenor

Join us as we celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday with great choruses and solo arias from his beloved operas, The Magic Flute and Idomeneo, as well as ballet music from Ascanio in Alba — first performance in 235 years!

 


 

Classical Masters: Mozart & Haydn
Friday, March 10, 8pm
Sunday, March 12, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

Discover two early, inventive symphonies by Haydn and two lively keyboard concertos by Mozart, featuring Kristian Bezuidenhout who thrilled audiences in 2004 with performances of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

 


 

Italian Baroque Concertos & More
Friday, April 7, 8pm
Sunday, April 9, 3pm
Jordan Hall

Listen, learn and enjoy. Grant Llewellyn invites you to ask questions during the performance by popular demand.

 


 

Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion
Friday, April 21, 7pm
Sunday, April 23, 2pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
James Gilchrist, Evangelist
Philip Cutlip, Jesus
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Paula Murrihy, mezzo-soprano
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor
Stephen Powell, baritone

Bach’s statement of personal piety and devotion, the monumental St. Matthew Passion is one of the pillars of Western music.

2004–2005 | 190th Season

Mozart’s Great Mass
Friday, October 15, 8pm
Sunday, October 17, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Sally Matthews, soprano
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Richard Clement, tenor
David Kravitz, baritone

Mozart’s glorious Mass in C minor, greatly influenced by Bach, marks a peak of artistic achievement for the beloved composer.

 


 

Music for a Royal Occasion
Friday, November 19, 8pm
Sunday, November 21, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Enjoy Handel’s famous Water Music, written for a royal boat trip, and celebratory music written for a royal wedding by the “Swedish Handel,” Johan Helmich Roman.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 4, 3pm
Sunday, December 5, 3pm
Friday, December 10, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 11, 3pm
Symphony Hall

John Finney, conductor
Heather Buck, soprano
Sonia Sasseville, contralto
William Hite, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass

A holiday tradition not to be missed including the rousing “Hallelujah” Chorus and the glorious Amen.

 


 

Silent Night: A German Christmas
Thursday, December 16, 8pm
Sunday, December 19, 3pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Handel and Haydn Young Women’s Chorus (Lisa Graham, conductor)
Trinity Handbell Ensemble (Griff Gall, Director)

Ring in the holidays with festive works from the German Baroque as well asSilent Night and other traditional German carols.

Virtuosi Jazz:
Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone

Friday, January 21, 8pm
Sunday, January 23, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Gary Burton, vibraphone
Makoto Ozone, piano

A wonderful marriage of jazz and classical. The Handel and Haydn Orchestra performs alongside Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone in music inspired by their Grammy-nominated CD,Virtuosi.

 


 

Classical Valentine
Friday, February 11, 8pm
Sunday, February 13, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Do something special with someone special for Valentine’s with a program featuring sparkling gems by Mozart and Haydn.

 


 

Hogwood and Haydn
Saturday, March 12, 8pm
Sunday, March 13, 8pm
Sanders Theatre

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Rev. Peter J. Gomes, narrator

Christopher Hogwood returns to conduct his new arrangement of Haydn’s movingSeven Last Words for String Orchestra with selected readings.

 


 

Handel’s Favorite Sopranos
Friday, March 25, 8pm
Sunday, March 27, 8pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Kendra Colton, soprano

Enjoy music by Handel including orchestra and vocal favorites from some of the composers most popular operas.

 


 

Brahms’ A German Requiem
Friday, April 8, 8pm
Sunday, April 10, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Philip Cutlip, baritone

Brahms’ monumental testament to mankind expresses both hope and peace.

2003–2004 | 189th Season

Monteverdi’s Vespers
Friday, September 19, 8pm
Saturday, September 20, 8pm
Sunday, September 21, 3pm
Cutler Majestic Theatre

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Chen Shi-Zheng, stage director

Monteverdi, the Shakespeare of music, wrote this love song to the Virgin Mary in 1610. Now, 400 years later, Handel and Haydn has commissioned the first fully staged production of this monumental work. Alongside Handel and Haydn’s Chorus and Orchestra, celebrated Chinese opera director Chen Shi-Zheng and a troupe of Asian dancers bring an Eastern view to this intensely personal expression of religious devotion.

 


 

A Roman Holiday
Friday, October 24 8pm
Sunday, October 26 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Masterworks performed by the Chorus and Orchestra from the young Handel infused with the energy and enthusiasm of his 3-year stay in Rome.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday, November 30, 3pm
Friday, December 5, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 6, 3pm
Sunday, December 7, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Lisa Saffer, soprano
Matthew White, countertenor
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor

Celebrating our 150th annual performances of this holiday classic.

 


 

An Italian Christmas
Friday, December 19, 8pm
Saturday, December 20, 8pm
Sunday, December 21, 3pm
Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor

Festive choral works of the Italian Baroque in the intimate setting of Jordan Hall.

The Devil’s Trill
Friday, January 16, 8.00pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, January 18 3.00pm
Jesuit Urban Center

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Daniel Stepner, violin

Devilishly difficult instrumental music by the superstar violinists of the Baroque era.

 


 

Baroque Love Duets
Friday, February 13, 8pm
Sunday, February 15, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Christine Brandes, soprano
Sanford Sylvan, baritone

Poignant declarations of love and passion with the Orchestra and two outstanding singers.

 


 

A Madrigal Mystery Tour
Friday, February 27, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 29, 3pm
Jesuit Urban Center

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

The Chorus explores madrigals through the ages, including works by Gesualdo, Monteverdi, and Goehr.

 


 

Beethoven’s Eroica and Emperor
Friday, March 26, 8pm
Sunday, March 28, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

 


 

Vivaldi’s Gloria to Verdi’s Ave Maria
Friday, April 30, 8pm
Sunday, May 2, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Choral masterpieces by two Italian geniuses — exuberant and soaring.

2002-2003 | 188th Season

Bach’s Mass in B Minor
Friday, October 18, 8pm
Sunday, October 20, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Madeline Bender, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor
Sanford Sylvan, baritone

A tour de force for chorus, orchestra and soloists, Bach’s majestic Mass in B minor stands as one of the outstanding musical creations of all time.

 


 

Barbara Bonney sings Mozart & Haydn
Friday, November 8, 8pm
Sunday, November 10, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Barbara Bonney, soprano

One of today’s leading interpreters of Mozart and Haydn, soprano Barbara Bonney makes her eagerly anticipated Handel and Haydn Society debut.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Wednesday, December 4, 7.30pm
Friday, December 6, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 7, 3pm
Sunday, December, 8, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Tonna Miller, soprano
Ryland Angel, countertenor
John Tessier, tenor
Philip Cutlip, baritone

The Handel and Haydn Society ushers in the holiday season with its 149th annual performances of Handel’s Messiah in the splendor of Boston’s Symphony Hall.

 


 

An English Christmas
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 8pm
Sunday, December 22, 3pm
Jordan Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

The Society Chorus brings joy and cheer to your holiday season with a festive program of exquisite choral works from the Renaissance and arrangements of popular Christmas carols.

 


 

Ballet Music from the French Court
Friday, January 31,8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 2,3pm
Sanders Theatre

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Members of The Boston Conservatory Dance Theater

Regal in spirit, this program combines the sparkling sounds of the French Baroque with elegantly styled period dance.

Jazz Valentine:
Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars

Friday, February 14, 8pm
Sunday, February 16, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Featuring John Faddis, Slide Hampton, John Lee, and others

Former members of Dizzy Gillespie’s legendary band join the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra to salute the great master in a program featuring jazz standards and electrifying Baroque.

 


 

Musical Offerings
Friday, February 28, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, March 2, 3pm
Sanders Theatre

Grant Llewellyn, directing

An instrumental ensemble from the Society Orchestra plays landmark works written for King Frederick the Great of Prussia and Joseph II of Austria.

 


 

Mendelssohn & Hogwood
Friday, March 14, 8pm
Sunday, March 16, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
James Sommerville, period horn

Conductor Laureate Christopher Hogwood offers a program of symphonic gems from the 19th century with BSO Principal Horn James Sommerville performing Weber’s challenging Concertino for Horn.

 


 

Bach: Miniature Masterpieces
Friday, March 28, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, March 30, 3pm
Sanders Theatre

John Finney, conductor

Associate Conductor John Finney explores smaller scale marvels by J.S. Bach as a companion program to the Mass in B Minor.

 


 

Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9
Friday, April 11, 8pm
Saturday, April 12, 3pm
Sunday, April 13, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Handel and Haydn presents Boston’s first period-instrument performance of Beethoven’s beloved “Choral Symphony,” also Schoenberg’s Friede Auf Erden, a brief work of great tonal beauty.

2001–2002 | 187th Season

Haydn’s The Creation
Friday, October 19, 8pm
Sunday, October 21, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Dominique Labelle, soprano
Richard Clement, tenor
Neal Davies, bass

The beginning of a new era! Grant Llewellyn makes his debut as Music Director.

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 1, 3pm
Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Friday, December 7, 7.30pm
Saturday, December 8, 3pm
Sunday, December 9, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Nancy Argenta, soprano
Brian Asawa, countertenor
Finnur Bjarnason, tenor
Stephen Powell, baritone

 


 

A Baroque Christmas
Sunday, December 16, 3pm
Friday, December 21, 8pm
Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor

This program for the Christmas season in intimate Jordan Hall features a baroque masterpiece by Charpentier, plus festive music by early English composers.

 


 

Jazz/Classical Improvisations
Friday, January 18, 8pm
Sunday, January 20, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Wayne Marshall, piano
Robert Levin, piano

 


 

Mozart Symphonies
Friday, February 8, 8pm
Saturday, February 9, 3pm
Sunday, February 10, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Bach: Ancient and Modern
Friday, February 22, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 24, 3pm
Old South Church

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

 


 

Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises
Friday, March 22, 8pm
Sunday, March 24, 3pm
Sanders Theater

Members of the Society Orchestra, together with Chanticleer, the celebrated vocal ensemble based in San Francisco, give the Boston premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Lamentations and Praises, based on an Orthodox service for Holy Friday.

Boston performances co-presented with FleetBoston Celebrity Series.

 


 

Baroque Concertos
Friday, April 5, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, April 7, 3pm
Sanders Theater

Grant Llewellyn, conductor

Principal players from the Orchestra display their uncommon virtuosity in a program featuring an array of superb works from the Italian Baroque.

 


 

Handel’s Ariodante
Friday, April 19, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 21, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Beth Clayton, Ariodante
Amy Burton, Ginevra

A story of tumultuous passion, treachery, and the ultimate triumph of love. Christopher Hogwood returns in his new role as Conductor Laureate to conduct this semi-staged opera sung in Italian with English supertitles.

2000-2001 | 186th Season

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Friday, October 20, 8pm
Sunday, October 22, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
James Morris, Elijah
Christine Brewer, soprano
Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Gregory Turay, tenor

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Symphony Hall

 


 

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, December 1, 7.30pm
Sunday, December 2, 3pm
Friday, December 3, 3pm
Saturday, December 4, 8pm
Symphony Hall

Julian Wachner, conductor
Meredith Hall, soprano
Elizabeth Anker, mezzo-soprano
Alan Bennett, tenor
Stephen Salters, bass
Daniel Pelzig, stage director

 


 

Ceremony of Carols
Friday, December 14, 8pm
Sunday, December 17, 3pm
Jordan Hall

John Finney, conductor
Carol Baum, harp

The program includes Britten’sCeremony of Carols and festive choral works by Palestrina, Gabrieli and Monteverdi.

 


 

Simply Mozart
Friday, January 12, 8pm
Sunday, January 14, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Daniel Stepner, conductor
Christopher Krueger, flute
Alison Attar, harp

Music from Zimmerman’s Coffeehouse
Friday, January 26 at 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, January 28 at 3pm
Sanders Theatre

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor/harpsichord
Sandra Simon, soprano
William Hite, tenor
Jeffrey Strauss, baritone

 


 

Jazz Valentine:
The Marian McPartland Trio

Saturday, February 10, 3pm
Sunday, February 11, 3pm
Symphony Hall

John Finney, conductor/ organ
Marian McPartland, piano

 


 

C.P.E. Bach Discovery
Friday, March 23, 8pm
Sunday, March 25, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Sharon Baker, soprano
Pamela Dellal, mezzo-soprano
Nils Brown, tenor
Christòpheren Nomura, baritone
Christopher Krueger, flute

 


 

Vivaldi’s Gloria
Friday, April 6, 8pm
Jordan Hall
Sunday, April 8, 3pm
Sanders Theater

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

 


 

Mozart, Haydn & Hogwood
Friday, April 20, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 22, 3pm
Symphony Hall

Christopher Hogwood, conductor
Robert Levin, piano

A celebration of Christopher Hogwood’s tenure as Handel and Haydn Society Artistic Director.