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The Handel and Haydn Society

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About The Handel and Haydn Society

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization. It celebrates its Bicentennial this season with special concerts and initiatives to mark two centuries of music making. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, H+H’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus are internationally recognized for their performances and recordings of Baroque and Classical music, and the organization also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education in Greater Boston and beyond. In 1985 H+H established the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program and now reaches over 10,000 children each year through public school visits, chorus partnerships, in-school music instruction, and a Vocal Arts Program that includes five youth choruses. H+H also maintains partnerships with higher education institutions including New England Conservatory, MIT, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, giving college students opportunities to learn about and develop mastery in Baroque and Classical music. The Heartstring program gives free concert tickets to children and adults who could not otherwise attend performances, and H+H presents free concerts and lectures at local libraries, community centers, and museums.

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