12 Mar
The Handel and Haydn Society Announces forthcoming 2024-2025 Season

The Handel and Haydn Society

Announces Upcoming

2024-2025 Season

Handel and Haydn Society To Perform Bach, Beethoven, ‘The Bear’ and More In 2024-25 Season!

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The best of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and more will come to life on stage as The Handel and Haydn Society announces the 210th Season of enchanting music, masterfully performed in H+H signature historically informed style. 

Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen has crafted an eclectic schedule of concerts designed to inspire audiences, providing them with Baroque and Classical favorites, as well as H+H premieres that they may not be familiar with. 

The season will include eight concerts featuring six H+H premieres from composers like Michael Haydn and Francisco Lopez Capillas

“From Haydn to Beethoven, Mozart to Michael Haydn, H+H will connect the threads of history and inspiration that weave through musical history,” said Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen. “We have eight incredible concerts planned for the year ahead that will leave audiences inspired by the beautiful music, passionately performed by our orchestra and chorus.” 

The season will include several H+H premieres including a number of light and lively early Baroque gems from often overlooked Hispanic composers Antonio de Salazar, Francisco Lopez Capillas, and Juan de Araujo

All composed in Central and South America before Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn were even born, these pieces represent a unique sound of Baroque music in the New World

The season will also include the first H+H performances of the inspiring Requiem from Michael Haydn, and a beautiful Overture in F Major by Christoph Graupner

The 210th Season will also feature a number of incredibly talented soloists including sopranos Lucy Crowe, Joélle Harvey, Brianna Robinson, and internationally renowned Jeanine De Bique; countertenor Reginald Mobley; tenor Nicholas Phan; baritone Sumner Thompson; bass-baritone Brandon Cedel; spoken word artist Reggie Gibson; and in-demand fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout

The season will begin with a pair of Requiems from the late 18th century. 

Michael Haydn’s masterpiece lays the groundwork for Mozart’s final work. 

Audiences will be able to hear the inspiration for "Mozart’s Requiem" in Haydn’s earlier work, setting the tone for a pair of awe-inspiring performances at Symphony Hall on September 27th and 29th, 2024

Artistic Director Jonathan Cohen will conduct. 

"Mozart’s Requiem" will feature soloists Lucy Crowe, soprano and Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone. 

Celebrated Trinidadian soprano Jeanine de Bique makes her H+H debut to kick off the holiday season with a can’t miss performance of "Handel’s Messiah." 

Conducted by Jonathan Cohen, the November 29th and 30th and December 1st, 2024 concerts at Symphony Hall will also include frequent H+H soloist Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Nicholas Phan, tenor; and Sumner Thompson, baritone. 

The three dates will mark H+H's 171st consecutive year of performing "Messiah." 

"Baroque Christmas" offers several H+H premieres as H+H, founder, artistic director and conductor of the early-music ensemble Bach Collegium San Diego, makes his H+H debut December 19th and 22nd, 2024 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall

H+H will pair J.S. Bach’s Cantata, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (“Now come, Saviour of the heathen”) with the work of one of his lesser known but important contemporary, Christoph Graupner (Overture in F Major). 

Graupner turned down a position in Leipzig and recommended Bach. He flourished in the role and spent the rest of his life in Leipzig

Then it is a treat for adventurous music lovers as Valenzuela guides H+H through a series of premieres from Hispanic composers Antonio de Salazar, Francisco Lopez Capillas and Juan de Araujo

De Salazar’s Conceptio Gloriosae, Lopez Capillas’s Canticum Beatae Mariae Virginis: Magnificat à 8 and Cui Luna, Sol et omnia (“To him the moon, the sun, and all things”)and De Araujo’s Ay andar, a tocar, a cantar, a baylar (“Oh, walk, play, sing, dance”) offer a unique Baroque sound from the New World

A highlight of the season, H+H will once again perform the innovative "Crossing the Deep," on January 17th and 19th, 2025 at NEC’s Jordan Hall

Co-created by H+H Resident Conductor Dr. Anthony Trecek-King and H+H Programming Consultant Reginald Mobley and premiered by H+H in 2023, "Crossing the Deep" explores the juxtapositions between sacred music by Handel and Negro spirituals by enslaved Africans in America using spoken word and moving performances by Mobley, soprano Brianna Robinson, spoken word artist Reggie Gibson, and members of the H+H Orchestra and Chorus

"Crossing the Deep" is a guided dramatic musical journey exploring the shared wealth of Old World and New World period music. 

These same stories, particularly those of triumph of the ordinary over the powerful, were incorporated by enslaved Africans into a uniquely American genre, the Spiritual

“We knew this would be a special performance when Anthony and Reggie first proposed it years ago, but that was nothing compared to the incredible experience of seeing it live,” said David Snead, Philip and Marjorie Gerdine President and CEO of The Handel and Haydn Society

“The emotion and passion of the performers shines throughout this moving performance and we are overjoyed to be able to share this with a wider audience across Boston.” 

Jonathan Cohen returns for a pair of concerts filled with tales of love gone wrong in "Love, Handel" on February 7th and 9th, 2025 at NEC’s Jordan Hall

Soprano Joélle Harvey returns to join H+H for a pair of Handel Cantatas Il delirio amoroso ("The Delirium of Love") and Tra le fiamme ("In the Flames"). 

H+H will also perform Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G Major

H+H's concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky and principal keyboardist Ian Watson will co-direct the dazzling, inventive, and inspired Bach "Brandenburg Concertos" on February 20th and 22nd, 2025 at NEC’s Jordan Hall and on February 21st and 23rd, 2025 at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre

Bach’s treasury of instrumental music has become a tradition for H+H

March, 2025 will bring another Classical connection as Jonathan Cohen pairs Haydn’s “Spring” from The Seasons, with Beethoven’s Mass in C Major on March 28th and 30th, 2025 at Symphony Hall

Audiences will experience the music as the composers intended and hear how Haydn’s work greatly influenced Beethoven

"Handel and Beethoven" is set to be one of Cohen’s favorites of the season as he has greatly admired “Spring. 

The 210th Season will conclude with three showstopping surprises in "Beethoven, Mozart and The Bear," featuring award-winning fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout

Conducted by Cohen, the May 2nd and 4th, 2025 performances at Symphony Hall will include Beethoven’s beautiful Piano Concerto No. 4, Mozart’s Suite from Thamos, King of Egypt and Haydn’s delightful and joyful Symphony No. 82, The Bear.


HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY 2024-25 Season Rundown:  

"Mozart’s Requiem" Sep 27 & 29, 2024 at Symphony Hall 

"Handel’s Messiah" Nov 29 & 30 and Dec 1, 2024 at Symphony Hall 

"Baroque Christmas" Dec 19 & 22, 2024 at NEC’s Jordan Hall 

"Crossing the Deep" Jan 17 & 19, 2025 at NEC’s Jordan Hall 

"Love, Handel" Feb 7 & 9, 2025 at NEC’s Jordan Hall 

"Brandenburg Concertos" Feb 20 through Feb 23, 2025 at Sanders Theatre & NEC’s Jordan Hall 

"Handel and Beethoven" Mar 28 & 30, 2025 at Symphony Hall 

"Beethoven, Mozart and The Bear" May 2 & 4, 2025 at Symphony Hall 

Kevin T. Baldwin is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA)




Boston’s Grammy-winning HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY performs Baroque and Classical music with a freshness, a vitality, and a creativity that inspires all ages. HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY has been captivating audiences for 208 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. HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY performed the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s "Messiah" in its first concert in 1815, gave the American premiere in 1818, and ever since has been both a musical and a civic leader in the Boston community. HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY 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. HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY has released 16 CDs on the CORO label and has toured nationally and internationally. In all these ways, HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY fulfills its mission to inspire the intellect, touch the heart, elevate the soul, and connect all of us with our shared humanity through transformative experiences with Baroque and Classical music.


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