(Boston, January 13, 2021) The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate The Magic of Handel with an online concert January 26, 2021. The concert will feature four of H+H’s principal musicians performing works by the great Baroque composer.
The Magic of Handel 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, January 26, 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.
The performance will begin with Concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky; Susanna Ogata, violin; Guy Fishman, cello; and Ian Watson, harpsichord presenting Handel’s romantic Trio Sonata in A Major, HWV 396; and the Violin Sonata in D Major, HWV 371. The performance also includes the playful Variations from Harpsichord Suite in E Major, HWV 430 “Harmonious Blacksmith.” The concert will conclude with Trio Sonata in G Major, HWV 399. Every piece will be performed on the period instruments for which Handel composed.
“These brilliant chamber works show an intimate and personal side of Handel’s compositional genius,” said Aisslinn Nosky. “Our patrons might be used to hearing us perform Handel’s grand oratorios but these sonatas will reveal a more delicate aspect of his craft. This is music meant to be shared with close friends. These pieces are so fun to play that I find it hard to stop myself from imagining Handel himself sitting in his drawing room and playing them through with his friends. He was a masterful keyboardist and also a very fine violinist – perhaps he played through all of the parts himself.”
“We are fortunate to have Aisslinn, Susanna, Guy, and Ian bring these pieces to life and allow our listeners to experience them with H+H’s trademark freshness,” said Handel and Haydn Society President and CEO David Snead. “Host Emily Marvosh will also join the program to interview the musicians, adding intimate views and insights into this sparkling concert. It’s a wonderful way to kick off our Spring Season that will be full of firsts for H+H including a commission from Jonathan Woody and a Violin Concerto by Saint-Georges.“
The Magic of Handel will begin streaming Tuesday, January 26, 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-handel/
The Handel and Haydn Society’s 2020–21 Season Performances include:
The Magic of Handel January 26, 2021 Streaming online
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.