November 3, 2018 | First Church in Roxbury
November 4, 2018 | Union United Methodist Church in the South End
[Boston, MA – October 4, 2018] On November 3 and 4, The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate the dynamic spirit of the local community with a celebration of song. Every Voice: A Celebration of Our Community will bring together members of the H+H Orchestra and Chorus, as well as students from H+H’s Vocal Arts Program, for an uplifting musical festival for justice. The performances will be presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción.
The concerts take place Saturday, November 3 at 3pm at the First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury, and Sunday, November 4 at 3pm at the Union United Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Avenue, Boston. Tickets are free with registration by calling 617-266- 3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org, or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10am- 6pm).
Directed by Reginald L. Mobley and assisted by conductor Dr. Jennifer Kane, the three-part program will highlight the many voices of the community, including LGBTQIA voices, Latinx voices, and the voices of veterans and those lost to war.
“Continuing in the format that made up our Every Voice program last November, this year’s concert honors the community of Boston through a survey of the myriad parts that make up the whole,” said Mobley. “Through a program that leans heavily on early music, companioned with some modern compositions, we again propose a unique perspective that disputes a whitewashed and homogenized past and shows that the many voices that make up us today have been a lasting presence.”
The program will feature a mix of composers and works, representing a diversity of genres and backgrounds. There will be both early music and contemporary works, and each part will feature both music and guest readings. The program will include works by George Frideric Handel as well as composers Hidegard von Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Michael Bussewitz- Quarm, Francisco Núñez, Paul Crabtree, Z Randall Stroope, John Eccles, Heinrich Schütz, Teresa Carreño, and Esteban Salas.
The program will close with an invitation to everyone in attendance to sing Lift Every Voice and Sing by American composer J. Rosamond Johnson.
“As Boston continues to grow, attracting businesses and international attention, it is the people of our community that bring us together, that give us strength and provide the vibrancy that makes us who we are,” said David Snead, President and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society. “Every Voice celebrates this, embracing our differences, binding us together, and sharing through the arts. In today’s world, that is more important than ever.”
The 2018-19 Handel and Haydn Society Season 2018-19 Season subscriptions are on sale now. Tickets for individual performances may be purchased by calling 617-266-3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org, or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Student and group discounts are also available.
H+H’s 2018–19 Season Performances Include:
Beethoven Emperor Concerto November 9 + 11 Symphony Hall
Handel Messiah November 30 + December 1 + 2 Symphony Hall
A Baroque Christmas December 13 + 16 NEC’s Jordan Hall
Mozart + Haydn January 25 + 27 Symphony Hall
Glories of the Italian Baroque February 22 + 24 NEC’s Jordan Hall
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 March 8 + 10 Symphony Hall
Purcell Dido and Aeneas March 29 + 31 NEC’s Jordan Hall
Mozart Requiem May 3 + 5 Symphony Hall
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 thousands of children each year. Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States, and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. For more information, visit handelandhaydn.org.