Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky plays and leads a program dedicated to Felix Mendelssohn and his early influences

By March 13, 2014Uncategorized

The chamber concert Mendelssohn’s Library is homage to the Baroque and Classical composers that shaped the young 19th-century German Romantic

  Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky will perform Mendelssohn’s brilliant Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D Minor with string colleagues from H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra

 Performances are Friday, April 4, at 8 pm (NEC’s Jordan Hall) and Sunday, April 6, at 3 pm (at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre)

 March 13, 2014 (Boston, MA) —  During the course of his short lifetime, German Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) collected numerous scores of his favorite composers, mostly music from the Baroque and Classical eras. In Mendelssohn’s Library, Handel and Haydn Society Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky will present an electrifying program of this repertoire, displaying her full virtuosity and musical range.

Curated by Nosky, Mendelssohn’s Library includes Handel’s Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6, No. 12; C.P.E. Bach’s Sinfonia in B-flat Major; and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Strings in G Major (Alla Rustica). In addition, Nosky and H+H Associate Concertmaster Christina Day Martinson are co-soloists in J.S. Bach’s mesmerizing Double Concerto in D Minor.

“Mendelssohn studied the works of his predecessors very closely and held them in high esteem,” says Nosky. “In his own way, Mendelssohn was valuing the masterpieces of the past and bringing them to life.”

Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D Minor most clearly reveals the influences of concertos by Bach and Vivaldi. A brilliant showpiece that is seldom performed today, the D Minor Violin Concerto was composed by Mendelssohn at the precocious age of 13. It forms a fitting finale to Nosky’s program.

Now in her fourth season as H+H Concertmaster, Nosky has been uniformly praised by critics and audiences for her skill and verve. “Nosky’s playing was distinguished not only by her dance-like physical exuberance, but also by a sense of style of fantasy that helped lift the virtuosic music at hand above any sense of mere passagework,” said The Boston Globe’s Jeremy Eichler in an April 2013 review.

“Since joining H+H, Aisslinn has been a remarkable source of creativity and fresh energy to our organization,” says H+H Executive Director and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard. “This signature concert, I believe, demonstrates all of Aisslinn’s unique strengths as an artist and collaborator. This program is also a wonderful showcase for our other string players.”


Mendelssohn’s Library

Friday, April 4, 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall

Sunday, April 6, 3pm at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre

Aisslinn Nosky, leader and violin

Period Instrument Orchestra

G.F. Handel: Concerto Grosso in B Minor, Op. 6, No. 12

A. Vivaldi: Concerto in G Major, RV 151, Alla Rustica

J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043

C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in B-flat Major, Wq. 182, No. 2

Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D Minor

Tickets from $20. See below for purchasing information.


Tickets are available through Handel and Haydn Society Box Office: by phone at 617 266 3605; online at; or in person at the Handel and Haydn Society offices, Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M–F, 10am–6pm). Student rush is available starting 90 minutes before the performance: $15 cash only with valid ID, best available seats subject to availability. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount.


Pre-Concert Conversation

Led by Teresa Neff, Historically Informed Performance Fellow

Friday, April 4 at 7pm (at NEC’s Jordan Hall)
Sunday, April 6 at 2pm (at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre)

Free with concert tickets