Founded in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is a chorus and period-instrument orchestra known internationally for "infusing the music of the past with pure headlong energy" (Boston Globe). Under the leadership of Artistic Advisor Sir Roger Norrington, Principal Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Conductor Laureate Christopher Hogwood, the Society offers historically informed programs of music from the Baroque and Classical eras. Recent seasons have featured a series of staged operas and programs with dance, including Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610,Orfeo (co-production with English National Opera), and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. The Society also has featured the Boston debut of many rising stars, such as tenor Placido Domingo and sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, and Christine Brewer.
Handel and Haydn may be heard nationally on NPR's prestigious SymphonyCast program and on numerous recordings, such as the Grammy Award-winning Lamentations and Praises, All is Bright and PEACE, which has appeared twice in the top ten on Billboard Magazine's Classical Chart. The Society made its European debut in 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival with a fully staged production of Gluck's Orfeo and its European continental debut in September 2006 at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt Austria. On July 23, Sir Roger Norrington leads the Chorus and Orchestra in their London and BBC Proms debuts with a performance of Haydn's The Seasons at Royal Albert Hall. The Society's award-winning Educational Outreach Program provides opportunities to learn about and perform classical music for more than 10,000 public school students throughout greater Boston area. – less – More from ZoomInfo »