Handel and Haydn Society Announces New Venue for Christmas Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society has announced that its performances of “Bach Christmas” will now take place at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston’s Back Bay on Dec. 17 and 20, 2020.

The concerts were originally scheduled to take place at NEC’s Jordan Hall, but the concert venue will be closed for the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Cecilia Parish is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Boston and is named after the patroness of musicians. The Berklee College of Music regularly holds classes in the church, and the parish itself is known for its extensive music programs.

The performances will include Maestra Laurence Equilbey, conductor of Paris’s acclaimed Insula Orchestra, and the Accentus Choir, leading Bach’s Cantatas I, II, and III from the composer’s Christmas Oratorio.

In a press release, H+H President and CEO David Snead said, “St. Cecilia Parish is a wonderful setting for H+H’s ‘Bach Christmas.’ We are excited to introduce our audiences to this magnificent building.”