Handel and Haydn Society’s $13.5M capital campaign boosts endowment

Posted on: September 20, 2016

“The Handel and Haydn Society will mark the opening of its 202nd season on an auspicious note Friday, as the orchestra celebrates the conclusion of a capital campaign that raised more than $13.5 million from more than 600 donors,” writes Malcolm Gay in Tuesday’s (9/20) Boston Globe. “The period-instrument orchestra and chorus … exceeded its original fund-raising goal by $1.5 million…. David Snead, president and chief executive … said that the bulk of the cash infusion is going toward the organization’s endowment…. Snead said Handel and Haydn has added roughly 880 new subscribers in the past year…. ‘We’ve been working really hard at bringing period music to the forefront of people’s minds,’ said [Artistic Director Harry] Christophers…. To that end, the orchestra also plans to [launch] a service that will feature free webcasts of recent live performances, and a video series that focuses on the period instruments of some orchestra members…. Snead added that although the orchestra is shifting its marketing stance, the core product remains unchanged…. ‘We don’t give great concerts because we’re 200 years old. We’re 200 years old because we give great concerts.’ ”

Posted September 20, 2016