Handel and Haydn Society to offer a wide-ranging musical feast in 2016-17

February 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Harry Christophers will open the Handel and Haydn Society’s 2016-17 season September 23 with music of Bach and Schütz. File photo: Stu Rosner

From classics by Bach and Handel to works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Arriaga, the Handel and Haydn Society promises to bring both beloved and little-heard music to Boston in the 2016-2017 season.

Harry Christophers will lead five programs next season, opening the season September 23 and 25 at Symphony Hall with Bach’s Magnificat and cantatas 50 and 149. Filling out the program will be Bach’s Komm, Jesu, Komm, the Concerto for Three Violins in D major, and Heinrich Schütz’s Herr, nun lassest du deinen Deiner in Freide fahren.

Handel oratorios are an H&H specialty, and Christophers will lead the H&H chorus and period instrument orchestra in Handel’s Semele May 5 and 7 at Symphony Hall. Sopranos Sarah Tynan and Mireille Asselin, tenor John Mark Ainsley, bass-baritone Matthew Brook, countertenor Tim Mead, mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy will appear as soloists. H&H’s annual Messiah performances (November 25-27 at Symphony Hall) will feature countertenor Robin Blaze, tenor Colin Balzer, and H&H favorites soprano Joelle Harvey and baritone Sumner Thompson.

Monteverdi’s Vespers, which hasn’t been performed by H&H since 2003, will be the focus of the April 7 and 9, 2017 concerts. Soloists will include tenors Jeremy Budd and Mark Dobell, sopranos Margot Rood and Sonja DuToit Tengblad, and baritones Woodrow Bynum and David McFerrin. Christophers will conduct.

Christophers and H&H will pair works by Mozart and Haydn in concerts January 27 and 29, 2017 that will feature concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. Two Haydn symphonies, Nos. 26 and 86, will fill out the program.

The past several seasons have featured Nosky in concerts where she performed in dual roles and soloist and leader. In concerts February 10-12, 2017, she will perform once again in those capacities in concertos by Locatelli, Durante, and Vivaldi.

Other highlights include conductor Nicholas McGegan, who will make his subscription series debut in a program that will consist of Mozart’s Linz Symphony and Arriaga’s Symphony in D major (March 3 and 5, 2017). Richard Egarr will return to lead the H&H orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony (October 28 and 30), and Ian Watson will conduct H&H’s Christmas program December 15 and 18, which will feature Bach cantatas, Telemann’s Sinfonia spirituosa, and Graupner’s Die Nacht ist vergangen.

Tickets and subscriptions are on sale for the 2016-2017 season. handelandhaydn.org; 617-262-1815

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