Handel & Haydn Society Announce Virtual Spring Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society is set to bring seven new performances to audiences across the globe as part of its 2020-21 Season through streaming.

All of the Spring concerts will be available for free, with a suggested donation of $10.

The 2020-21 Spring Season will Begin with “The Magic of Handel” on Jan. 26, 2021, featuring Aisslinn Nosky, Susanna Ogata, Guy Fishman, and Ian Watson. The performance will include Handel’s Trio Sonata in A Major, Violin Sonata in D Major, Variations from Harpsichord Suite in E Major “Harmonious Blacksmith,” and Trio Sonata in G Major.

The following concert will be held on Feb. 16, 2021, and will showcase three works by Vivaldi. The concert will include Countertenor Reginald Mobley, Aisslinn Nosky, and Ian Watson as soloists. The performance, directed by Aisslinn Nosky, will feature Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Organ in D Minor, Concerto for Violin in D Major, and Cantata “Cessate, omai cessate.”

On March 2, 2021, Ian Watson will direct the H+H Orchestra in Mozart, CPE Bach, and Friends. The concert will feature music from the transition time between the Baroque and the early Classical eras including Mozart’s Epistle Sonatas nos. 10 in F Major and 15 in C Major. The program also includes CPE Bach’s Symphony for Strings in C Major, Avison’s Concerto grosso No. 5 in D Minor, and Boyce’s Symphony No 1 in B-flat Major.

The music of Telemann will take center stage on March 16, 2021 with soloist Emi Ferguson performing Telemann’s Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major, and Telemann’s Paris Quartet No 1 in G Major. The program also includes music by Telemann’s colleague Pisendel – his Violin Sonata in E Minor.

On March 30, 2021, Václav Luks conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

On April 20, 2021, H+H will perform a Jonathan Woody World Premiere, from Themes by Ignatius Sancho. The program will also include Geminiani’s Concerto grosso after Corelli, Op. 5, No. 5 and Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico No. 2 in B-flat Major.

The season comes to a close on May 25, 2021, with Haydn + Saint-Georges, which will include H+H’s premiere performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 43, Mercury. Conductor Aisslinn Nosky will also conduct Violin Concerto in G Major by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.