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Get Warm This Winter As Aisslinn Nosky, Concertmaster
Leads a Program of Vivaldi and Friends
Including Locatelli, Brescianello, and Durante
GLORIES OF THE ITALIAN BAROQUE
February 10 and 12, 2017 | NEC’s Jordan Hall, Boston
the press performance is Friday, February 10, 7:30pm
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[Boston, MA – January 13, 2016] The Handel and Haydn Society continues the 2016-2017 Season with a thrilling, fiery program Glories of the Italian Baroque including works by Vivaldi, Locatelli, Brescianello, and Durante, led by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky. The concerts take place on Friday, February 10 (7:30pm) and Sunday, February 12 (3pm) at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, located at 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston. Tickets range from $23-92 and may be purchased by calling (617) 266-3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org, and in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10am-6pm). Student and group discounts are available.
Aisslinn Nosky, director and violin
“In Glories of the Italian Baroque, we will perform dazzling, virtuosic works by some lesser known composers alongside more familiar works by Antonio Vivaldi,” shares H+H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky. “Pietro Locatelli was an extremely influential Italian musician who lived much of his life in Amsterdam. We will feature several of his inventive, dark, and emotional concerti. Less is known about the life of Bolognese composer Giuseppe Brescianello, but he left a wealth of compositions which exploit unusual musical textures and sonorities. I am very pleased that this concert will also feature our principal cellist, Guy Fishman, in Vivaldi’s sunny D Major Cello Concerto.”
According to H+ H Scholar Theresa M. Neff, PhD, “the number, variety, and diversity of instrumental music at the turn of the 18th century was unlike anything before. Courts and cities hired the best performers and composers, disseminating the concerto to all parts of Europe. Conservatories, and other schools devoted to musical training, flourished in Italy and helped to meet the demand for inventive composers and virtuoso soloists. Although the 21st century listener may not be as familiar with names such as Locatelli, Brescianello, and Durante, their engaging music captures the imagination. In this concert we can revel in hearing these gems for the first time, or better yet, renew our acquaintance with the glorious music of the Italian Baroque.”
Glories of the Italian Baroque Program
Locatelli: Concerto à quattro in D Major, Op. 7, No. 1
Vivaldi: Concerto for Cello in D Major, RV 403
Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, Op. 3, No. 10
Durante: Concerto for Strings in A Major, La Pazzia
Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin in G Major, Op. 3, No. 3
Locatelli: Concerto à quattro in E-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 6, Il Pianto d’Arianna
Glories of the Italian Baroque Audio Previews
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Vivaldi: Allegro from Concerto in B Minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10
Chiara Banchini, Stephanie Pfister, Leila Schayegh, David Plantier, violins
Durante: Allegro Affettuoso from Concerto for Strings in A Major, La Pazzia
Concerto Köln & Werner Ehrhardt
Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
About Aisslinn Nosky, Concertmaster
Aisslinn Nosky was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2011. With a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and versatile violinists of her generation, Nosky is in great demand internationally as a director, soloist and concertmaster. Recent collaborations include Holland Baroque, La Jolla SummerFest, the Utah Symphony, and Tafelmusik. In 2016 Aisslinn was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Aisslinn is also a member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. For almost twenty years, this innovative Canadian ensemble has presented its own edgy and inventive concert series in Toronto, and has toured Europe and North America turning new audiences on to Baroque music. With the Eybler Quartet, Nosky explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet literature on period instruments. From 2005 through 2016, Aisslinn was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and toured and appeared as soloist with this internationally renowned ensemble.
About Guy Fishman, Cello
Guy Fishman is principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, and is heard as a soloist, recitalist, chamber, and orchestral musician on period and standard cello. Guy has played with Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Eliot Fisk, Daniel Stepner, Lara St. John, Vadim Gluzman, Richard Egarr, Kim Kashkashian, Mark Peskanov, and Natalie Merchant in recital, and appears at prestigious summer festivals as well as with orchestras such as the Albany Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. His teachers include David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Julia Lichten, and Laurence Lesser of the New England Conservatory, where he earned a Doctorate and also serves on the faculty. In addition, he is a Fulbright Fellow, mentoring with famed Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam. His recordings appear on Olde Focus, Centaur, CORO, Telarc, Titanic, and Newport Classics labels. Guy plays a rare cello made in Rome in 1704 by David Tecchler.
About Harry Christophers, Conductor and Artistic Director
The 2016-2017 season marks Harry Christophers’ eighth as Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society. Since his appointment in 2009, Christophers and H+H have embarked on an ambitious artistic journey toward the organization’s 200th anniversary with a showcase of works premiered in the U.S. by H+H since 1815, broad education programming, community outreach activities and partnerships, and the release of a series of recordings on the CORO label. Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the UK-based choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen. He has directed The Sixteen throughout Europe, America, Australia, and the Far East, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th- and 21st-century music. In 2000, he instituted The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of British cathedrals from York to Canterbury. He has recorded over 120 titles for which he has won numerous awards, including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for his disc Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009, he received one of classical music’s highest accolades, the Classic FM Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year Award, and The Sixteen won the Baroque Vocal Award for Handel Coronation Anthems, a recording that also received a 2010 Grammy Award nomination as did Palestrina, Vol. 3 in 2014. From 2007, he has featured with The Sixteen in the highly successful BBC television series Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale. The latest hour-long program, devoted to Monteverdi’s Vespers, will be screened in 2015. Harry Christophers is Principal guest conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. In October 2008, Christophers was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Leicester. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford , of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama, and was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
About the H+H Orchestra and Chorus
About David Snead, President and CEO
David Snead joined H+H as as President and CEO in October 2015 after serving as Vice President of Marketing, Brand and Customer Experience at the New York Philharmonic a role he held since 2001. Previously, he led the marketing programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Symphony, and Hartford Symphony. He has also served as Associate Marketing Director of the Minnesota Orchestra, General Manager of the Richmond Symphony, and Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. Snead is on the faculty of the League of American Orchestras’ Patron Model seminars, and is a regular lecturer at New York University and Drexel. A noted expert on the relationship between orchestras and their audiences, he has been a featured speaker at national conferences in the United States, England, France, Finland, the Netherlands, and Australia.
H+H 2016-2017 Season Continues…
Mozart and Haydn Symphony Hall January 27 + 29, 2017
Harry Christophers, conductor
Glories of the Italian Baroque NEC’s Jordan Hall February 10 + 12, 2017
Aisslinn Nosky, director and violin
McGegan and Mozart Symphony Hall March 3 + 5, 2017
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Monteverdi Vespers NEC’s Jordan Hall April 7, 2017
Harry Christophers, conductor The Met Museum April 8, 2017 (New York)
Sanders Theatre April 9, 2017
Handel Semele Symphony Hall May 5 + 7, 2017
Harry Christophers, conductor
About the Handel and Haydn Society
The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 10,000 children each year through in-school music instruction and a Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.
Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is the oldest continuously-performing arts organization in the United States, and is unique among American ensembles for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Between 2014 and 2016, H+H celebrated its Bicentennial with two seasons of special concerts and initiatives to mark 200 years of music making. Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.
In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including Haydn Symphonies, the critically-acclaimed Haydn: The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’ direction. http://handelandhaydn.org/