Amanda Forsythe, Iestyn Davies & Soloman Howard To Be Featured In Handel and Haydn Society’s 2018-19 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Handel and Hayden Society has announced its 2018-19 season which will feature nine major subscription concerts and 16 Handel and Haydn premieres.

It will also mark the 204th season of the society which is led by Artistic Director Harry Christophers. The Handel and Haydn Society brings Classical and Baroque music to life on period instruments in historically informed performances, showcasing the music the way the composer intended.

For this season announcement, we will only include the vocal showcases as we have done for the past season announcements.

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed in time for the holiday season with  Bernard Labadie conducting a remarkable cast of soloists that includes Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, and Philippe Sly. Robert Levin performs on fortepiano with the orchestra and chorus of H+H.

Performance Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

Soprano Amanda Forsythe celebrates the holidays in a concert entitled “A Baroque Christmas” alongside violinist Aisslinn Nosky and conductor Ian Watson. The program will feature music by Vivaldi, Bach, Scarlatti, and Corelli, among others.

Performance Dates: Dec. 13-16, 2018

Mireille Asselin, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, and Sumner Thompson join Harry Christopher to perform Haydn’s Mass in B Flat. The concert will also showcase violinist Aisslinn Nosky who will perform Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto and Haydn Symphony No. 99 will also be performed.

Performance Dates: Jan. 25-27

The society will dedicate an evening to Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with Susan Bickley as Dido, Matthew Brook as the Sorceress/Sailor, Reginald Mobley as the Spirit, Sarah Yanovitch as Belinda, and David McFerrin in the role of Aeneas. Harry Christophers conducts the evening which also includes Purcell’s Chaconne in G Minor, A new Irish tune in G Major, God is gone up (Canon a 7), A new Scotch tune in G Major, and Welcome to all the pleasures.

Performance Dates: March 29-31, 2019

The season concludes with Mozart’s monumental Requiem. Joelle Harvey, Sandra Piques Eddy, Tom Randle, and Soloman Howard will be featured in the performance which will also be conducted by Harry Christopher.

Performance Dates: May 3-5, 2019