Handel and Haydn Society Presents The Magic of Telemann

(Boston February 22, 2021) The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate the extraordinary creative abilities of one of the most prolific composers of the 18th century with The Magic of Telemann. The streaming concert will feature three works by Telemann as well as a special sonata by violinist and composer Johann Georg Pisendel.


Magic of Telemann will be available for 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 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.


Emi Ferguson, principal flute, Susanna Ogata, Assistant Concertmaster, Guy Fishman, principal cello, and Ian Watson, harpsichord will showcase the beautiful melodies of Telemann’s Paris Quartet No 1 in G Major, written when he was an accomplished composer. Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky will take center stage in Telemann’s masterwork Fantasia for Solo Violin in E-flat Major, TWV 40:20. Ogata will be featured for Johann Georg Pisendel’s Violin Sonata in E Minor. Pisendel was one of the most highly regarded violinists of his day and his style and expertise are on full display in this charming work. Finally, the performance will include Telemann’s Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major, expertly performed by Nosky and Ferguson on the period instruments that would have been familiar to the composer.


“We look forward to shining a light on Telemann during this streaming performance. People might be surprised to hear that the Canonic Sonata, performed on violin and flute, is Telemann’s idea of a fun puzzle! He wrote it in what we refer to in music theory circles as ‘strict canon’,” said H+H Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky. “I think this Canonic Sonata is an entertaining work whether we are aware of that or not, but I personally do enjoy being in on Telemann’s joke. Every time I play it, I smile because of how cleverly it is composed.”


The Magic of Telemann will begin streaming Tuesday, March 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/the-magic-of-telemann/.


The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2020–21 Season Performances include:


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.



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