The Handel and Haydn Society continues its 2017-18 Season with a program of Mozart and Haydn, conducted by Harry Christophers. The program includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, La Passione and Symphony No. 87 as well as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola featuring H+H concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky on violin and guest soloist Max Mandel on viola.
The concert opens with Haydn’s Symphony No. 49, known as La Passione for its slow opening and moving minor key, and described by famed musicologist H.C. Robbins Landon as “dark-hued, somber–even tragic.” This will be followed by Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, considered Mozart’s most successful attempt at a cross-over between concerto and symphony. The concert closes with Haydn’s sunny Symphony No. 87, the last of Haydn’s Paris Symphonies.
“Mozart’s gorgeous Sinfonia Concertante for solo violin and viola, with its exquisitely intertwining melodies and high-voltage virtuosity, is just one of many delights in this program of showpieces, conducted by Harry Christophers,” said H+H President and CEO David Snead. “Once again, we are proud and excited to present what is sure to be an exquisite evening, showcasing the incredible talent of the H+H Orchestra, performing on the instruments from the composers’ period, bringing the music alive and making it sound brand new again.”
Performances will take place on Friday, January 26 (7:30 PM) and Sunday, January 28 (3:00 PM) at Symphony Hall, located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. Tickets range from $24 – 96 and may be purchased by calling 617-266-3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10 AM – 6 PM). Student and group discounts are also available.