Handel and Haydn Society continues Bicentennial Celebration with free community performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 outdoors in Copley Square at 12.30pm on Sunday, July 26
Resident Conductor Ian Watson leads H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus, the Harvard Summer Chorus, and H+H’s Vocal Arts Program Choruses in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Soloists for the iconic “Ode to Joy” finale include soprano Joélle Harvey, baritone Andrew Garland, and H+H Chorus members Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano, and Stefan Reed, tenor.
The concert, part of the 2015 Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend, begins at 12.30pm on Sunday, July 26, outdoors in Copley Square, and is free and open to the public.
July 20, 2015 (Boston) — The Handel and Haydn Society continues its 2015 Bicentennial celebration with a free outdoor community performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Copley Square. The concert, which begins at 12.30pm on Sunday, July 26, features H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus, the Harvard Summer Chorus, and H+H’s Vocal Arts Program Choruses under the baton of Resident Conductor Ian Watson.
The presenting sponsor for the performance is the Boston Foundation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015. The foundation is the primary philanthropy for Greater Boston and is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation.
Beethoven’s 9th is one of the most beloved works of classical music and has been immensely popular with audiences since its premiere in Vienna in 1824. The symphony’s instantly recognizable choral finale, “Ode to Joy,” has been an enduring hallmark of musical celebrations for almost two centuries.
Soprano Joélle Harvey returns to H+H for this performance after recent critically-acclaimed appearances in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and is joined by baritone Andrew Garland, making his H+H debut. Mezzo-soprano Margaret Lias and tenor Stefan Reed—both members of the H+H Chorus—complete the lineup of soloists. The Vocal Arts Program will offer a prelude performance under the direction of Jennifer Kane before the symphony.
This will be H+H’s first performance of Beethoven’s 9th since 2003, and the event offers a rare chance for audiences to hear H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus outdoors and at no cost. The concert is part of the 2015 Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend and the public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 is a free and unticketed event. No seats will be provided. Concertgoers are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to Copley Square.
BICENTENNIAL EXHIBITION AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
H+H’s extensive archives—containing a wealth of photos, concert program books, newspaper clippings, and more—date back to the early 1800s. Enhanced by interactive media, these treasures, along with a portion of the H+H collection held at the Boston Public Library, are on view as part of The Handel and Haydn Society: Bringing Music to Life for 200 Years at the Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, until Sept. 5, 2015. The exhibition will be open 1-5pm on July 26, so patrons are encouraged to visit following the Beethoven concert.
2015–2016 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION AND TICKET INFORMATION
Subscriptions are on sale at the Handel and Haydn Society Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at handelandhaydn.org, or in person at 9 Harcourt St. Boston (M–F, 10am–5pm). Options include nine- and six-concert series and an H2 Young Professionals package, as well as “Choose Your Own” packages.
IAN WATSON, conductor
Ian Watson is one of today’s most versatile musicians, working at the highest level as an operatic and symphonic conductor, period-instrument specialist, and virtuoso harpsichordist, organist, and pianist. In September 2014 he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society. He has appeared as a soloist or as a conductor with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Scottish Chamber, English Chamber, Polish Chamber, Irish Chamber and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, Bremen Philharmonic, Rhein-Main Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Handel and Haydn Society, English Baroque Soloists, and The Sixteen among many others.
JOÉLLE HARVEY, soprano
This past season, Joélle Harvey’s engagements included Messiah and St. Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society and repeat appearances as Sicle in Cavalli’s Ormindo with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Killkenny Festival; and role debuts as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the San Francisco Symphony and Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Utah Opera. On the concert stage, she has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra (Bach’s B Minor Mass), Tafelmusik, LA Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis), North Carolina Symphony (Messiah), The Hague Philharmonic (Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 57), Dallas Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem) and the Pygmalion Ensemble (Mozart’s Mass in C Minor).
MARGARET LIAS, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Margaret Lias has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing. Since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with Handel and Haydn Society (Handel’s Israel in Egypt), Margaret has been a frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers. Other solo appearances in 2015 and 2016 include Seraphic Fire (Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass), New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn’s Elijah), Tucson Chamber Artists (Bach, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder), Staunton Music Festival (Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas), The Cathedral of All Saints’ Albany (Bach’s St. John Passion), and Emmanuel Music (Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle).
STEFAN REED, tenor
Tenor Stefan Reed has sung with the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus since 2009, including the role of the Messenger in performances of Handel’s Samson in May 2014. Originally from Glasgow, Virginia, Reed is enjoying an active performance career in Greater Boston and nationally. Recent solo engagements include performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with the Dedham Choral Society, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Boston Cecilia, and Britten’s Cantata Misericordium and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with Coro Allegro. With the Handel and Haydn Society, he has performed solos in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Bach’s Magnificat, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Other solo performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri with the Back Bay Chorale, as well as numerous performances with the Miami-based ensemble Seraphic Fire, the Mount Vernon Symphony, Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, the Tanglewood Chamber Music Ensemble, and both the Boston and Maryland Masterworks Chorales.
ANDREW GARLAND, baritone
This season Andrew Garland returns to Seattle Opera as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. He has performed the role of Dandini with Opera Philadelphia and Fort Worth Opera, Mercurio (La Calisto) and the title role in Galileo Galilei (by Philip Glass) at Cincinnati Opera, Papageno at Boston Lyric Opera and Riolobo (Florencia en el Amazonas) and Schaunard (La Bohème) at Seattle Opera. Particularly suited for baroque repertoire, Garland has sung numerous performances with Boston Baroque and the Colorado Bach Ensemble, sang in Cincinnati Opera’s first Baroque production (La Calisto). He has also soloed with Emmanuel Music in Boston.
ABOUT THE HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
For 200 years the Handel and Haydn Society has enriched life and influenced culture by bringing vocal and instrumental music to America. Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is considered the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the US and is celebrating its Bicentennial this season with special concerts and initiatives to mark two centuries of music making. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, H+H performs at the highest level of excellence and also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education in Greater Boston and beyond.
H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus are internationally recognized for historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical music that use instruments and artistic techniques from the time period in which the music was written. H+H presents a nine-program subscription series at Boston’s Symphony Hall, NEC’s Jordan Hall, and at Sanders Theatre, reaching nearly 3,000 subscribers and over 18,000 single-ticket attendees each year. Listeners can also hear H+H on 99.5 WCRB, National Public Radio, and American Public Media broadcasts, and the organization maintains an active touring schedule including performances this season in California, Montreal, and Washington, D.C.
In 1985 H+H established the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program and now reaches over 10,000 children each year through public school visits, chorus partnerships, in-school music instruction, and a Vocal Arts Program that includes five youth choruses. H+H also maintains partnerships with higher education institutions including New England Conservatory, MIT, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, giving college students opportunities to learn about and develop mastery in Baroque and Classical music. The Heartstring program gives free concert tickets to children and adults who could not otherwise attend performances, and H+H presents free concerts and lectures at local libraries, community centers, and museums.
ABOUT THE HARVARD SUMMER CHORUS
The Harvard Summer Chorus, founded in 1936, is led by Andrew Clark, Harvard University’s Director of Choral Activities. The ensemble is open by audition to Harvard Summer School students and Greater Boston community singers. The Summer Chorus performs masterworks each year with a professional orchestra and soloists in Sanders Theatre. This summer, in addition to performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Handel and Haydn Society, the chorus will present Esther, an oratorio by Handel.