A Mozart Celebration
Oct
4
to Oct 31

A Mozart Celebration

Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, K. 427
with Handel + Haydn Society
It’s Mozart at his most charming and powerful. You’ll feel his spirit as Harry Christophers, our gifted orchestra, stunning chorus, and a quartet of stellar vocalists raise the curtain on our season. Connect with some of the composer’s most engaging music, played the way he himself would have heard it: the effervescent serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik (“A Little Night Music”), impassioned concert arias, and the solemn Great Mass with high-wire singing and a transcendent “Et incarnatus est.”
October 4, 2019 @ 7:30pm
October 6, 2019 @ 3pm
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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Every Voice
Nov
2
to Nov 30

Every Voice

with Handel + Haydn Society
An uplifting concert for justice and peace, honoring the many voices of Boston and highlighting those of the Jewish and black communities. Presented in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and Union United Methodist Church.
November 2, 2019 @ 3pm - First Church Roxbury, Boston, MA
November 3, 2019 @ 3pm - Union United Methodist, Boston, MA

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Handel's Messiah
Nov
29
to Dec 31

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah
with Handel + Haydn Society
Handel’s iconic Messiah is a treasured holiday tradition that H+H is observing for a 166th consecutive year, presented by our peerless orchestra, chorus, and soloists. With critically acclaimed Baroque master Masaaki Suzuki on the podium, you’ll enjoy this masterpiece the way the composer intended, with dazzling vocal solos, spine-tingling instrumental fireworks, and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time. It’s Boston’s must-see Messiah.
November 29, 2019 @ 7:30pm
November 30, 2019 @ 3pm
December 1, 2019 @ 3pm
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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Handel's Messiah
Dec
2
to Dec 31

Handel's Messiah

with Handel + Haydn Society
Handel’s iconic Messiah is a treasured holiday tradition that will be performed by the incomparable Handel & Haydn Society in a special chamber arrangement for 13-member chamber orchestra and chorus led by Associate Conductor Ian Watson.
December 2, 2019 @ 7pm
First Congregational Church of Rockport, Rockport, MA

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Handel's Messiah
Dec
17
to Dec 31

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah
with Handel + Haydn Society and New York Philharmonic
Dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing make Handel’s Messiah the Philharmonic’s most beloved holiday tradition. This year Baroque master Harry Bicket leads all forces in the Messiah of Messiahs, the quintessential musical crown of the season.
December 17, 2019 @ 7:30pm
December 18, 2019 @ 7:30pm
December 19, 2019 @ 7:30pm
December 20, 2019 @ 2pm
December 21, 2019 @ 7:30pm
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

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Mozart + Haydn
Jan
24
to Feb 29

Mozart + Haydn

Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
with Handel + Haydn Society
Experience three grand classics, alive with all the excitement and verve of their very first performances. Aisslinn Nosky stars in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with its luminous adagio — part of H+H’s multi-year cycle of his violin concertos. Then, thrill to one of Haydn’s masterful “London” symphonies that wowed England’s capital — the smash hit Military, so-called for intense depictions of the clash of arms and ferocious roar of war. In the epic Lord Nelson Mass our magnificent chorus and soloists join the orchestra in this homage to the heroic general who vanquished Napoleon.
January 24, 2020 @ 7:30pm
January 26, 2020 @ 3pm
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Apr
3
to Apr 30

Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV
with Handel + Haydn Society
Arguably the greatest work in Western classical music, the St. Matthew Passion reflects on the central drama of the Christian religion: the trial, suffering, and death of Jesus as a redemptive act for humankind. Bach draws upon the boundless reservoir of his genius to tell this moving story. The combined forces of the H+H Orchestra, chorus, and six soloists bring this masterpiece — with its near-operatic proportions and intensity — to life, the way it was meant to be heard. Expect a deeply moving, spiritual, and authentic musical experience.
April 3, 2020 @ 7:30pm
April 5, 2020 @ 3pm
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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Vivaldi and Handel
May
1
to May 31

Vivaldi and Handel

Handel: “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” from Solomon
Handel: Dixit Dominus
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
with Handel + Haydn Society
Let’s all agree: Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of classical music’s most spectacular hits. And yet, when you hear it played “the H+H way”—in a historically informed performance on period instruments—you’ll feel like you’re hearing it for the first time…utterly fresh, sparkling, and exuberant. As soloist, Aisslinn Nosky’s virtuosity is guaranteed to dazzle. Part of the fun for you, our audience, is listening for Vivaldi’s spot-on sound effects—birds, a brook, a barking dog, gnats and flies, thunder and lightning, the chattering of teeth, and slipping on ice. This is a piece for all seasons.
May 1, 2020 @ 7:30pm
May 3, 2020 @ 3pm
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

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Vaughan Williams on the Esplanade
Aug
14
12:30 PM12:30

Vaughan Williams on the Esplanade

Chorus in Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 7, “Sinfonia antartica”
with Landmarks Orchestra
Boston Landmarks Orchestra and the New England Aquarium present a moving and thought-provoking orchestral program paired with videos of the environmental impacts of climate change. Stunningly evocative music accompanies dramatic landscapes captured in film and photography. David Arnold’s photographic essay on climate change astounds with its beauty and shocks with its implications. The music of Vaughan Williams’s Sinfonia antartica—first conceived as a film score—accompanies a new film shot entirely in Antarctica. Reverence for nature and a sense of foreboding reverberate in Dvořák’s masterpiece, his seventh symphony.
August 14, 2019 @ 7pm
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
Charles River Esplanade, Boston

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Lidarti's "Esther"
Mar
2
to Apr 30

Lidarti's "Esther"

role of “Israelite Woman” with Miryam Ensemble
Commissioned by the Jewish Community of Amsterdam and composed in 1774, Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti’s oratorio tells the biblical story of how Queen Esther rescued the Jews of Persia from King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) and his scheming advisor, Haman. Scored for orchestra, soloists, and chamber choir, and sung entirely in Hebrew, Lidarti’s captivating writing brings the story of Esther alive. Lovers of baroque music may recognize the libretto from Handel’s 1718 Esther- the text for Lidarti’s oratorio is a direct translation into Hebrew completed by one of Lidarti’s contemporaries, Venetian Rabbi Jacob Raphael ben Simhah Judah Saraval.
March 2, 2019 @ 7pm - Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA
March 3, 2019 @ 4pm - Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA

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The City of Women
Feb
17
to Apr 30

The City of Women

Helga Davis, the Gardner's second Visiting Curator for Performing Arts, collaborates with Abrams Curator of Music George Steel on a program that tells the stories of women, from Lucretia to Sandra Bland, whose lives and deaths have inspired action against tyranny. The music is paired with readings from Christine de Pizan (1364-1430), Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648-1695), Oompa, and others.
February 17, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

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Holidays at the Guggenheim
Dec
16
to Apr 30

Holidays at the Guggenheim

with Vox Vocal Ensemble
Celebrate the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by the Guggenheim Museum’s Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future exhibition. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a beloved annual tradition in the museum’s iconic rotunda.
December 16, 2018 @ 7pm
December 17, 2018 @ 7pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City

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Ghost Stories for an Autumn's Night
Oct
26
to Mar 30

Ghost Stories for an Autumn's Night

Ghost Stories returns for a second year with two different tales! Be prepared to be in for an evening of most pleasing terror. Master ghost story writer M.R. James is brought to life in the candlelit ancient library of Beacon Hill's Church of the Advent. Port, sherry, and cheeses will be on-hand for nibbling and sipping. Soprano Elise Groves will sing several haunting medieval songs from within the old church. Tickets are $15.00 through Eventbrite or $20.00 at the door.  All proceeds go to help Mission and Outreach ministries at the Parish.

October 26, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Church of the Advent, Boston, MA

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Polyphony in the Palaces: Voices of Angels
Apr
9
to May 9

Polyphony in the Palaces: Voices of Angels

Music of Dufay, Frye, Parsons, and Horwood
with Vox Vocal Ensemble
To celebrate the birthday of Isabella Stewart Gardner, the Vox Vocal Ensemble returns during the Nasturtium Celebration with a program of 15th and 16th century polyphony in praise of the Virgin Mary. The performance will begin in the Courtyard, and will move into Hostetter Gallery, where Fra Angelico's four reliquaries of the Virgin will be on view together for the first time in over 200 years as part of Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth.
April 9, 2018 @ 12:30pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

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Ghost Stories for a Winter's Evening
Jan
19
to Apr 30

Ghost Stories for a Winter's Evening

Two ghost stories written by master writer, antiquarian, scholar, and medievalist M. R. James will be told by candlelight under the hammer-beamed ceiling of the old library at the Church of the Advent, accompanied by several medieval pieces sung by soprano Elise Groves. This event should prove to be a most convivial evening full of most pleasing terror. 
January 19, 2018 @ 7:30pm
The Church of the Advent, Boston, MA

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The Bells of Paradise: A Winter Solstice Concert
Dec
20
to Feb 28

The Bells of Paradise: A Winter Solstice Concert

with Seven Times Salt
This beloved annual tradition features a pleasing mix of carols from Europe and the New World, a small Chanukah celebration, folk tunes from across the British Isles, and a surprise or two.  Jollity guaranteed, audience participation likely, and a festive holiday reception to follow.
December 19, 2017 @ 8pm
Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown, MA

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