Watertown Resident Singing in Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall

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Watertown's Miranda Loud will perform in the Handel and Haydn Society's production of Handel Messiah.

Watertown’s Miranda Loud will perform in the Handel and Haydn Society’s production of Handel Messiah.

A Watertown singer will be performing with the Handel and Haydn Society in its annual production of Handle’s Messiah.

Watertown Resident Miranda Loud will sing mezzo in one of Boston’s musical event of the holiday season, the H + H Society announced.

The Handel and Haydn Society proudly announces its 164th consecutive production of the beloved Handel Messiah. Conducted by H+H artistic director Harry Christophers, this year’s Messiah features soloists Katherine Watson (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo- soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), and Sumner Thompson (baritone), as well as the H+H Orchestra and Chorus, Young Women’s Chamber Choir, and Young Men’s Chorus.

Performances take place December 1 (7:30 p.m.), December 2 (3 p.m.), and December 3 (3 p.m.) at Symphony Hall located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston. Tickets range from $25-$102 and may be purchased by calling 617-266-3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org, or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). Student/group discounts and subscription packages are available.

“We’ve had a very exciting fall season,” shares H+H President/CEO David Snead. “But we are thrilled, as we are every year, for the epitome of H+H’s productions, the beloved Handel Messiah. No one conducts Messiah with as much passion and gusto as does Harry Christophers. Whether it’s your first or 12th time, our Messiah is sure to stand out as the must-see this holiday season.”

“That Messiah became an institution,” shares scholar Teresa M. Neff, “is a testament to Handel’s unparalleled skill in musical storytelling. Handel’s Messiah becomes more than the sum of its parts; each moment is captivating on its own, but the whole is a richly woven musical tapestry.”

H+H’s 2017–18 Season

Beethoven No. 9 – Symphony Hall October 6 + 8

Mozart + Beethoven – Symphony Hall October 27 + 29

Amadeus Live – Symphony Hall November 10 + 11 + 12

Handel Messiah – Symphony Hall December 1 + 2 + 3

Bach Christmas – Jordan Hall December 14 + 17

Mozart + Haydn – Symphony Hall January 26 + 28

Bach Brandenburg Concertos – Sanders Theatre February 16, Jordan Hall February 17, Jordan Hall February 18

Bach Mass in B Minor – Symphony Hall March 23 + 25

Purcell The Fairy Queen – Jordan Hall April 6 + 8

Handel Hercules – Symphony Hall May 4 + 6

About the Handel and Haydn Society

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s Orchestra and Chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a 10-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to more than 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and a Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is the oldest continuously-performing arts organization in the United States, and is unique among American ensembles for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the
organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Between 2014 and 2016, H+H celebrated its Bicentennial
with two seasons of special concerts and initiatives to mark 200 years of music making. Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including Haydn Symphonies, the critically-acclaimed Haydn: The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live
at Symphony Hall under Christophers’ direction. http://handelandhaydn.org/

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