(Boston February 10, 2021) The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate one of the most dynamic periods in the history of music with Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends. H+H Associate Conductor Ian Watson will direct the streaming concert which was recorded at Cary Hall in Lexington, MA. The performance will feature a pair of sonatas by Mozart, a CPE Bach symphony, and the works of two remarkably talented British composers: Charles Avison and William Boyce.
Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends 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, March 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET, and will be available for one month. H+H season subscribers and donors of $100 or more will receive additional content and early access to the performance two days before the public.
Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends will include a pair of Mozart’s Church Sonatas: the light and vibrant Epistle Sonata No. 10 in F Major and the cheerful Epistle Sonata No. 15 in C Major. Watson will also lead the H+H Orchestra through the wild invention and abrupt changes of mood of CPE Bach’s Symphony for Strings in C Major, Wq. 182/3. The concert will also feature two works by British composers that many audiences may not be familiar with, Avison’s Concerto grosso No. 5 in D Minor and Boyce’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major. Each of these pieces come from a time of immense transition in the music world.
“When Mozart referred to ‘the great Bach,’ he was talking not about Johann Sebastian, but his son Carl Philipp Emmanuel,” said Handel and Haydn Society Associate Conductor Ian Watson. “The 1750s to the 1770s forms a bridge between the Baroque and Classical eras, and we will showcase the extraordinary individuality, innovation and brilliance of these composers as they found their own, very distinctive voices, and Classical music was born.”
Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends will begin streaming Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Anyone wishing to view the concert is asked to register now through the Handel and Haydn Society website at https://handelandhaydn.org/concerts/streaming-concerts-2020-21/mozart-cpe-bach-and-friends/.
The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2020–21 Season Performances include:
Glories of the Baroque: Vivaldi February 16, 2021 Streaming online
The Magic of Telemann March 16, 2021 Streaming online
Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends March 23, 2021 Streaming online
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 March 30, 2021 Streaming online
Jonathan Woody World Premiere April 20, 2021 Streaming online
Haydn + Saint-Georges May 25, 2021 Streaming online
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 14 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.