(Boston January 27, 2020) The Handel and Haydn Society is set to celebrate one of the Baroque period’s greatest composers with Glories of the Baroque: Vivaldi. Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky will direct the performance, which will feature three works by Vivaldi, including a cantata with countertenor Reginald Mobley, recently appointed as H+H’s programming consultant.
Glories of the Baroque: Vivaldi 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, February 16, 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.
Glories of the Baroque: Vivaldi juxtaposes a selection of chamber music with magnificent solo voices, including the ardent tones of countertenor, the resonance of a period violin from 1746, and the rich power of the organ. Recorded in Boston’s sumptuous St. Cecilia Parish, the program will feature host Emily Marvosh speaking with Mobley, Nosky and Ian Watson, organ, before they perform each piece. The concert will open with Nosky playing the elegant Concerto for Violin in D Major, RV 230. Glories of the Baroque: Vivaldi continues with Mobley joining members of the H+H Orchestra in the poignant cantata “Cessate, omai cessate,” RV 684. The program concludes with H+H’s premiere performance of Vivaldi’s thrilling and bold Concerto for Violin and Organ in D Minor, RV 541.
“From the vibrant concertos to the dramatic cantata, Aisslinn, Ian and Reggie expertly display the emotional depth of Vivaldi’s work,” said Handel and Haydn Society President and CEO David Snead. “H+H’s historically informed performance will transform you back to the 18th century and capture the complementary solo voices of countertenor, violin, and organ, with passages ranging from electric and agile, to languid and lyrical. This evocative performance is sure to brighten a chilly February day.”
Glories of Baroque: Vivaldi will begin streaming Tuesday, February 16, 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/glories-of-the-baroque-vivaldi/
The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2020–21 Season Performances include:
Glories of Baroque: Vivaldi February 16, 2021 Streaming online
Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends March 2, 2021 Streaming online
The Magic of Telemann March 16, 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 13 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.