Handel and Haydn Society 2016-17: Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi

Posted on: February 19, 2016

“As it announces its 2016-17 season, the Handel and Haydn Society stands at a sort of crossroads,” writes David Weininger in Friday’s (2/19) Boston Globe. “Its previous and current seasons have been a sort of extended victory lap celebrating the Society’s bicentennial.… The question H&H now faces is what kind of organization it wants to be as it begins its third century.… H&H intends largely to keep faith with the core of its mission—revivifying the Baroque and Classical works that are its focus—while modestly enlarging its repertoire. Harry Christophers will open his eighth season as artistic director … with a Bach-heavy program that includes the composer’s ‘Magnificat’ and the first H&H performances of Cantata 149.… He will close it with two performances of Handel’s ‘Semele.’ … Elsewhere he leads a Haydn and Mozart program featuring concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky … that will be recorded for future release, as well as the Society’s first performances since 2003 of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.… Richard Egarr … will continue his Beethoven cycle next season with the ‘Eroica,’ paired with Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ Symphony.”

Posted February 19, 2016