Handel and Haydn Society to Celebrate A Baroque Christmas

Thursday, December 19 and Sunday, December 22 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
Press performance is Thursday, December 19 at 7:30 PM

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[Boston, MA – October 31, 2019] The Handel and Haydn Society will bring holiday traditions to light with the jubilant sounds of Vivaldi, Torelli, Biber, Charpentier, Albinoni and Telemann in A Baroque Christmas, directed by concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky. These joyous performances will take place Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 22, 2019, at 3 p.m. at NEC’s Jordan Hall in Boston.

A Baroque Christmas will feature performances from H+H principal oboist Debra Nagy, one of North America’s leading performers on the baroque oboe, and H+H principal flutist Emi Ferguson, who has performed across the world with groups such as the American Modern Opera Company, the New York New Music Ensemble and others. They will be joined by the H+H Orchestra and the Youth Chorus Chamber Choir.

“Baroque music evokes all the feelings of the holidays: the magic, the mystery and the joy,” said Handel and Haydn Society President and CEO David Snead. “From Albinoni to Vivaldi, it connects each of us to this special time of year. Under the direction of Aisslinn Nosky, the music, performed as the composers originally intended, will offer each of us a chance to appreciate the beauty of the season.”

Embracing the festive spirit of the holidays, the performance will feature Vivaldi’s joyous Violin Concerto RV 270, Concerto II Riposo – Per il Santissimo Natale; Charpentier’s Noel pour instruments; Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe in D Minor, Op. 9, No. 2; and Telemann’s Concerto for Recorder and Flute in E Minor, TWV 52:e1.

The performance will also showcase the solemnity of the season with Biber’s Mystery Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Nativity, and Passacaglia in G Minor; as well as the excitement and anticipation of Torelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 8, No. 6 in G Minor, Christmas Concerto.

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.


Handel and Haydn’s 2019–20 Season Performances include:

Mozart Jupiter Symphony – Nov 8+10, 2019 at Symphony Hall
Handel Messiah – Nov 29+30, Dec 1, 2019 at Symphony Hall
A Baroque Christmas – Dec 19 + 22, 2019 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
Mozart + Haydn – Jan 24 + 26, 2020 at Symphony Hall
Beethoven + Mozart – Feb 14 + 16, 2020 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
Haydn + Beethoven – Feb 28 + March 1, 2020 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
Bach St. Matthew Passion – April 3 + 5, 2020 at Symphony Hall
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – May 1 + 3, 2020 at Symphony Hall


About the Handel and Haydn Society

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society is dedicated to performing Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, a vitality, and a creativity that inspires all ages. H+H has been captivating audiences for 205 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States). Today, H+H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners annually with a nine-week subscription series at Boston Symphony Hall and other leading venues. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H supports seven youth choirs of singers in grades 2-12 and provides thousands of complimentary tickets to students and communities throughout Boston, ensuring the joy of music is accessible to all. H+H’s numerous free community concerts include an annual commemoration of the original 1863 Emancipation Proclamation concert on December 31. The artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society is Harry Christophers. Under Christophers’s leadership, H+H has released 12 CDs on the Coro label and has toured nationally and internationally. In all these ways, H+H fulfills its mission to inspire the intellect, touch the heart, elevate the soul, and connect us with our shared humanity through transformative experiences with Baroque and Classical music.