Boston's Handel and Haydn Society Opens 2007-08 Season with Beethoven

Classic Arts News   Boston's Handel and Haydn Society Opens 2007-08 Season with Beethoven
The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, the oldest continuously active performing arts organization in the United States, opens its 2007-08 season tonight by playing an all-Beethoven program at no less a venue than the city's Symphony Hall.

Grant Llewellyn, H&H's principal conductor, leads the Society's period-instrument orchestra in the Symphony No. 7 and the Piano Concerto No. 3, with Kristian Bezuidenhout playing an early 19th-century Graf fortepiano. They'll repeat the program on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m.

H&H's next two programs will celebrate the holiday season. Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at Symphony Hall, Harry Christophers will conduct the Society's orchestra and choir in Handel's Messiah, while on Dec. 16 and 19 at Jordan Hall, Llewellyn will lead Parts One, Two and Three of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Following a Christmas-New Year's break, the Society will perform a program just about every second week until its season ends in April:

  • Jan. 11 and 13, Jordan Hall: Philip Pickett conducts selected scenes from Handel's Acis and Galatea, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, John Blow's Venus and Adonis and Thomas Linley's A Shakespeare Ode. Soprano Nathalie Paulin and baritone Jason Grant are soloists; dramatic scenes will be staged by the Huntington Theatre Company.
  • Jan. 25 and 27, Symphony Hall: Roger Norrington, the Society's Artistic Advisor, conducts Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4, and suites from Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Rameau's Les Bor_ades.

  • Feb. 15-17, Symphony Hall: an all-Mozart program, with John Nelson conducting the Requiem, Ave verum corpus and Symphony No. 39.
  • Mar. 7 and 9, Symphony Hall: H&H Conductor Laureate Christopher Hogwood conducts a symphony and a horn concerto each by Mozart and Haydn; the soloist, playing natural horn, is Boston Symphony principal horn James Sommerville.
  • Mar. 21 and 23, Jordan Hall: Daniel Stepner, H&H concertmaster, leads Italian Baroque concertos by Corelli, Vivaldi and Locatelli from the first violin desk; soprano Dominique Labelle joins the ensemble for Handel's cantata Il delirio amoroso.
  • Apr. 4 and 6, Symphony Hall: To close the H&H season, Norrington conducts Haydn's Symphony No. 44 ("Trauer") and "Harmoniemesse".

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