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The Handel & Haydn Society has celebrated its 200th year with works H+H premiered in the US, exhibits of historical materials, and free concerts. (Courtesy of Handel  and Haydn Society)
The Handel & Haydn Society has celebrated its 200th year with works H+H premiered in the US, exhibits of historical materials, and free concerts. (Courtesy of Handel and Haydn Society)
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The Handel and Hadyn Society bills itself as the longest running performing arts organization in America, and it's celebrating its bicentennial this year.

They also have a new president and CEO, David Snead, who comes from the New York Philharmonic. He recently joined us in studio to talk about his new gig and how he plans to keep the organization relevant in 2016.

Handel & Hadyn will be performing a Bach Christmas concert at the New England Conservatory on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. You can buy tickets online.

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David Snead, president and CEO, Handel & Haydn Society, which tweets @handelandhaydn.

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The New York Times: Handel and Haydn Society Celebrates 200 Years

  • "The society was born from the peace festivities after news reached Boston of the end of the War of 1812, when musicians presented highlights from “The Creation” and Handel’s “Messiah.” After newspaper correspondents wrote of a need to hear more European works, a group of 44 amateur choristers and instrumentalists formed the Handel and Haydn Society, on April 13, 1815."

The Boston Globe: Handel And Haydn Society Opens Bicentennial Season

  • "The Handel and Haydn Society opened its bicentennial season with a program that included music from its very first concert: Samuel Webbe’s “When winds breathe soft” and an excerpt from Haydn’s “The Creation.” These selections were sandwiched by one of Haydn’s “London” symphonies, No. 99, and the Mozart Requiem, which received its Boston premiere from Handel and Haydn in 1857. If those 19th-century audiences got to hear anything like the performance current artistic director Harry Christophers led Friday at Symphony Hall, they were very lucky audiences indeed."

This segment aired on December 18, 2015.

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