Handel and Haydn Society to Perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018

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[Boston, MA – February XX, 2018] The Handel and Haydn Society continues its 2017-18 Season with two performances of the Bach Mass in B Minor on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Boston Symphony Hall. Widely considered one of the greatest musical compositions in musical history, the Handel and Haydn performance is destined to be an inspiring emotional and spiritual experience.

One of the last works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, the Mass in B Minor was completed in 1749, one year before his death. The composition features significant choral movements, which will be performed by the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus, with Harry Christophers conducting, and featuring: sopranos Sarah Brailey, Margot Rood, Sonja DuToit Tengblad, Sarah Yanovitch; mezzo-sopranos Margaret Lias and Clare McNamara; contralto Emily Marvosh; tenors Stefan Reed and Steven Caldicott Wilson; and baritones Woodrow Bynum and David McFerrin. High school singers from the Handel and Haydn Society’s Collaborative Youth Concerts program will also perform as part of the concert.

“Bach’s Mass in B Minor has been called a choral extravaganza of extraordinary proportions,” said H+H President and CEO David Snead. “This performance will highlight the extraordinary talent of both the H+H Orchestra and Chorus, showcasing the highest quality of power, tone, balance, and diction. It’s a performance not to be missed.”

Tickets for the performances are on sale now. Tickets range from $24 – $96 and may be purchased by calling 617-266-3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10 AM – 6 PM). Student and group discounts are also available. Attendees are invited to bring a nonperishable food item for collection at the hall, which will be shared with The Greater Boston Food Bank as part of Orchestras Feeding America.

H+H’s 2017–18 Season: Remaining Performances
Bach Brandenburg Concertos February 16 Sanders Theatre February 17 + 18 NEC’s Jordan Hall
Bach Mass in B Minor March 23 + 25 Symphony Hall
Purcell The Fairy Queen April 6 + 8 NEC’s Jordan Hall
Handel Hercules May 4 + 6 Symphony Hall

About the Handel and Haydn Society
Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is the oldest continuously-performing arts organization in the United States, and is unique among American ensembles for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. Internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music, H+H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a 10-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 more than 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and a Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including Haydn (Vol. 1-3), the critically-acclaimed Haydn: The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’ direction.