Handel and Haydn Society to Host Discussion with Paul Griffiths, Author of “Mr. Beethoven”

(Boston Friday, January 14, 2022) The Handel and Haydn Society will host an online discussion with Paul Griffiths, author of Mr. Beethoven on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM. The panelists will include Boston Globe Literary Critic Michael Patrick Brady as moderator, H+H President and CEO David Snead, and H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa Neff. The event will be livestreamed free of charge at Handelandhaydn.org; registration is required.

In 1823, H+H offered Ludwig van Beethoven a commission to compose an oratorio for Boston, but Beethoven never responded. But what if Beethoven had taken the job? That is what novelist Paul Griffiths imagines in Mr. Beethoven. Chronicling Beethoven’s fictional 1833 journey, the novel takes readers to Boston as the famous composer navigates America for the first time and prepares to deliver his new work to H+H.

Paul Griffiths is a Welsh novelist, librettist, and music critic. He has worked as a critic for major publications such as The Times (London), The New York Times, and The New Yorker. His first novel, Myself and Marco Polo, was published in the UK in 1989 and won the 1990 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He lives in the village of Manorbier, Wales.

The discussion is set to run from 12:00 – 1:00 PM and will include the opportunity for viewers to ask questions of the panel. Everyone is encouraged to register for the stream at handelandhaydn.org/mr-beethoven/.

H+H’s 2021-22 Season Performances include:

Haydn + Mozart                                    January 28 + 30      Symphony Hall

Bach Brandenburg Concertos                February 4 + 5 + 6   NEC’s Jordan Hall

Bach + Vivaldi Gloria                             April 1 + 3               Symphony Hall

Haydn The Creation                              April 29 + May 1      Symphony Hall

About the Handel and Haydn Society

Boston’s Grammy-winning 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 207 consecutive seasons (the most of any performing arts organization in the United States) speaking to its singular success at converting new audiences to this extraordinary music, generation after generation. 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 15 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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