Massachusetts College of Art and Design Partnership

The Handel and Haydn Society initiated a partnership with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012 in relation to 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.

Each season, juniors in the Illustration Department of MassArt create works of original art in response to a masterwork being performed by H+H that yearH+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff  and an H+H musician work with students to understand the background and composition of the selected work. The students’ works of art are judged by a jury and twelve are selected for display at Symphony Hall during the concert.

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This year’s collaborative project is Project Handel: Semele. The works of art selected by the jury will be on display at Symphony Hall on May 5 and 7 before the concert and at intermission in the Cabot-Cahners Room.
In April, images of all the works created in this year’s project will be available to view on this page.

Past Projects

PROJECT HANDEL: SAUL

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PROJECT HAYDN: CREATION

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PROJECT HANDEL: SAMSON

Sarah Moorhead

PROJECT BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 7

Jason Butera

PROJECT BACH: ST. MATTHEW PASSION

Handel and Haydn Society would like to thank National Endowment for the Arts, John J. Winkleman, Jr., and Framers’ Workshop in Brookline Village for their support of this collaboration.

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