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The Handel & Haydn Society performs Vivaldi and Bach

Boston's world-class chamber orchestra continues its 2021-22 season with two festive performances.

Guest conductor Jonathan Cohen leads the Handel & Haydn concert. Antoine Saito

Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, lovingly called H+H, is as close as we can get to listening to 17th and 18th century composers unveil masterpieces. Think woodwinds made of wood not metal or plastic, brass instruments sans valves, and smaller orchestra and chorus sizes.

Relying on period instruments for authenticity, this world-class orchestra and professional chorus continues its 2021-22 season with two performances of Bach + Vivaldi Gloria on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Symphony Hall in Boston.

The program features three crown jewels of the Baroque era — Vivaldi’s sunny “Gloria”; J.S. Bach’s light and cheerful Orchestral Suite No. 1, which is known to showcase the H+H musicians’ phenomenal technical abilities; and CPE Bach’s “Magnificat”, featuring festive trumpets and drums alongside a chorus and soloists.


Those attending will enjoy the talent of soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor Nicholas Phan, baritone Tyler Duncan, and conductor Jonathan Cohen, founder and artistic director of Arcangelo and leader of Quebec’s Les Violons du Roy.

Known for its dedication to following historically informed performance traditions of Baroque and classical music, H+H creates a sound every bit as fresh and contemporary as when the music was first written.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 617-266-3605 or visiting All those attending the show at Symphony Hall must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

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