Jeremy Eichler reports this item:
Fiscal belt-tightening, or worse, continues in the local classical music world. The Handel and Haydn Society has cancelled its gala season-ending performance of Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation,” which had been scheduled for May 31 in Symphony Hall. In its stead, members of H&H will perform Haydn chamber works that afternoon at the Longy School in Cambridge. “It’s not reflective of the financial health of this organization,” said an H&H spokeswoman, Rita McAteer. “It’s us being prudent. Our fund-raising and ticket sales are pretty much on par with years past, but it’s an ever-changing landscape and we wanted to make sure we’re here for another 200 years.” In Western Mass., the Berkshire Eagle has reported that the Berkshire Opera Company has been at least temporarily shuttered and will offer no performances this coming summer. Neither the chairman of the board nor the former general director of the company returned calls for comment yesterday.