Handel and Haydn Society Bid Farewell to Harry Christophers with ‘Creation’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Handel and Haydn Society will present Haydn’s “The Creation” on April 29 and May 1 at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

The showcase will represent the last performances of Harry Christophers as artistic director of the company. The performance will be headlined by soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor Robert Murray, and bass-baritone Matthew Brook.

Christophers was the artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society for 13 seasons.

“It will be an emotional day when we finally say goodbye to Harry,” said David Snead, President and CEO of H+H, in an official press statement. “He has given us so much leading from the stage, but we know that Harry’s true legacy is the strong artistic foundation he built throughout the Orchestra and Chorus. Our next Artistic Director will be able to carry on the tradition of musical excellence that Harry has initiated.”

“I cannot think of a better work than Haydn’s ‘Creation’ to take my final bow with H+H,” Christophers noted. “It reflects the wonder at the beauty of creation and creativity itself. The latter is exactly what we constantly attempt to achieve at H+H. This magnificent ‘Creation’ has to be one of my all-time favorite works; it is one where our Orchestra and Chorus positively exude expression, charm, and sheer grandeur. I cannot wait.”