Handel & Haydn Society’s Beethoven Concert Reports Record Audience

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Robert Torres)

The Handel and Haydn Society’s Beethoven Symphony No. 9 concert brought an attendance of more than 10,000 audience members to welcome back concert.

The August 27 concert marked a record number for the organization according to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)officials.

The evening, which took place at the (DCR) Hatch Memorial Shell, saw the premiere of former US Poet Laureate and Massachusetts native Tracy K. Smith’s new text for “Ode to Joy.”

Conductor Marin Alsop led the H+H Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Susanna Phillips, Taylor Raven, Issachah Savage, and Dashon Burton.

The new “Ode to Joy” text was commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of Alsop’s Global Ode to Joy Project. However, the Carnegie Hall performance was canceled.

The Handel and Haydn Society’s next concerts will take place at Symphony Hall where it will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastoral.