H+H initiated a partnership with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012 in relation to H+H’s performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion. Through this partnership, H+H and MassArt explore the impact of multidisciplinary learning; demonstrate the ways in which a performing arts organization can engage a cross-section of its community, including students, educators, concertgoers, and the global internet community; and test the public’s conceptions of the arts.
Juniors in the Illustration Department created art in response to Haydn’s dramatic oratorio The Creation. The partnership incorporated classroom visits by H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff and H+H musician Jesse Levine who worked with the students to understand who Haydn was, the composition of The Creation, and the music of the oratorio.
Juniors in the Illustration Department created art in response to Handel’s dramatic oratorio Samson. In April 2014, a panel of MassArt faculty and H+H patrons selected 12 works to display at Symphony Hall during H+H’s performances of Samson on May 2 + 4, 2014. The partnership incorporated classroom visits by H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff and H+H musicians to create an opportunity for dialogue on the piece and the creative process, and give students greater insight into who Handel was, how he approached composition, the story of Samson, and the music of this masterwork.
Juniors in the Illustration department were given the opportunity to hear the music of Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and react to it by creating visual art. After participating in a jury process, ten students’ works were selected to be on display at Symphony Hall on March 15 + 17, 2013.
Under the instruction of three MassArt faculty members, 53 students in the Illustration department created works of visual art inspired by Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. H+H and MassArt faculty chose 10 works to display at Symphony Hall during H+H’s performances of the work on March 30 and April 1, 2012.