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Handel and Haydn Society Names Violinists Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro and Amelia Sie Inaugural Stone Fellows

(Boston – July 12, 2023) The Handel and Haydn Society has named violinists Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro and Amelia Sie the first ever Stone Fellows. A first of its kind among period-instrument orchestras, the Fellowship will foster the development of early-career musicians whose socio-cultural identities have been historically underrepresented in the field. Johnson-Pájaro and Sie will …

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Feeling HIP? Get to Know the Baroque String Instruments

By John Tamilio III, Ph.D. The Handel and Haydn Society has been a leading player in the Boston music scene for over 200 years, but for the past four decades—since the arrival of former Artistic Director Christopher Hogwood in 1986—it has been in the vanguard of ensuring the early music capital of North America has …

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Q+A with Dr. Ellen Harris: Revisiting Handel as Orpheus

Dr. Ellen Harris didn’t plan on writing a book about homosexual subtext in George Frideric Handel’s chamber cantatas. But as one of the foremost Handel scholars in the world—Dr. Harris is the Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the current President of the Handel House Foundation of America—she had …

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Q+A with Derek Tam and Addi Liu: The “Chinese Baroque”

What does “Chinese Baroque” music sound like? According to conductor and keyboardist Derek Tam and doctoral researcher and violinist Addi Liu (both experts in the field of early music), we don’t necessarily know—but it’s worth imagining. Their research focuses on musical exchanges and misunderstandings between Chinese and European people from the late 16th century to …

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Q+A with Anthony Trecek-King, Resident Conductor

When conductor Dr. Anthony Trecek-King learned that Handel had ties to the North Atlantic slave trade, the next step seemed obvious: He wanted to create an immersive concert experience that explored that history and that, above all else, asked H+H audiences to “think and feel.” Now, he’s bringing Crossing the Deep to Boston this June, …

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