Handel and Haydn Society to Celebrate The Magic of Vivaldi

Streaming Concert will be Available Tuesday, October 13, 2020

[Boston, MA – September 30, 2020] Continuing to deliver the historically informed performances audiences have come to expect from H+H even during this pandemic, the Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate the magic of Antonio Vivaldi with a streaming concert featuring three works from the Italian Baroque composer.

The Magic of Vivaldi will be available free, with a suggested donation of $10, through the Handel and Haydn Society website at handelandhaydn.org/streaming-concerts/. The concert will stream for registered listeners on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET, and will be available for one month. H+H season subscribers and donors over $100 will receive additional content and early access to the performance two days before the general public.

The streaming performance will begin with Vivaldi’s operatic Cantata, “Lungi dal vago volto,” RV 680. The concert will continue with Vivaldi’s sparkling Sonata for violoncello and basso continuo No. 4 in B-flat Major, RV 45 and conclude with the energetic Trio Sonata in D Minor, La Folia, RV 63, one of Vivaldi’s earliest known and most dramatic works.

“This will be an intimate concert featuring a trio of beautiful pieces by Vivaldi, performed on the period instruments for which they were written,” said Handel and Haydn Society President and CEO David Snead. “These gems of Italian Baroque fully showcase the consummate instrumental technique for which Vivaldi was known. And they will be brought alive with H+H’s trademark virtuosic and passionate style.”

The concert will showcase four of H+H’s unrivaled principal players. H+H instrumentalists Aisslinn Nosky, violin; Susanna Ogata, violin; Guy Fishman, cello; and Ian Watson, harpsichord; will lead the performance. They will be joined by soprano Amanda Forsythe, who will sing “Lungi dal vago volto.” Highly regarded as one of the best Baroque sopranos on the scene today, Forsythe has sung with orchestras and ensembles in both the United States and Europe. She most recently performed with H+H during the 2017-2018 season, in the role of Iole in Handel’s Hercules.

The Magic of Vivaldi will begin streaming online Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Anyone wishing to view the concert is asked to register now through the Handel and Haydn Society website here.

The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2020–21 Season Performances include:

The Magic of Bach – September 29, 2020, Streaming online
The Magic of Vivaldi – October 13, 2020, Streaming online
Glories of the Baroque – October 27, 2020, Streaming online
Every Voice – November 8, 2020, Streaming online
The Magic of Handel – November 24, 2020, Streaming online
Bach Christmas – December 17 + 20, 2020 at St. Cecilia Parish
Haydn + Mozart – January 22 + 24, 2021 at Symphony Hall
Mozart Great Mass – February 5 + 7, 2021 at Symphony Hall
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 – March 5 + 7, 2021 at Symphony Hall
Handel Israel in Egypt – March 19 + 21, 2021 at Symphony Hall + Sanders Theatre
Haydn The Creation – April 30 + May 2, 2021 at Symphony Hall

A broad offering of H+H digital content can be found on the Watch + Listen page of its website.

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 206 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.