H&H adds four years to contract with Christophers
The Handel and Haydn Society has extended the contract of artistic director Harry Christophers for an additional four years. He will now serve in his post until 2016, H&H was to announce at an annual meeting last night.
Most crucially for H&H, Christophers’s extension should mean a continuity of artistic leadership through the organization’s bicentennial celebrations in 2015, an event toward which H&H is already directing significant programming and marketing efforts.
During Christophers’s tenure, which began in 2009, the group has returned to recording, with its second Christophers-led disc featuring Mozart’s Requiem just released on the Coro label. H&H also reports a sizable uptick in ticket revenue for the most recent fiscal year, including the highest single-ticket sales since 2001.
This year’s season begins on Friday with a program directed by Christophers and featuring the gifted South African-born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, a frequent visitor to Boston, in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22. Programs later this season will include Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion’’ and Mozart’s “Coronation’’ Mass.
In other H&H news, as of this fall, Aisslinn Nosky begins her official appointment as concertmaster, and Guy Fishman assumes the post of principal cellist. Sonja Tengblad and Carrie Cheron are joining H&H’s vocal quartet, which is active in the group’s educational outreach program.
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