Aisslinn Nosky, violin (and leader)
Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is America's oldest continuously performing arts organization, and has long set the gold standard in the field of early music performance. Making their first Bay Area appearance in 10 years, these esteemed artists bring two stellar programs to Cal Performances. In the first, concertmaster Aisslinn Nosky solos and leads the orchestra in a concert featuring Vivaldi's virtuosic The Four Seasons. Second, these esteemed artists muster their forces in a stirring performance of Handel's Jephtha. The oratorio tells the story of Jephtha, a commander for the Israelites against the Ammonites, and his daughter Iphis, who is betrothed to one of Jephtha's soldiers, Hamor. With a stellar cast, Harry Christophers—one of the finest Handelians in the world—will illuminate this theatrical story of passion and redemption, and showcase the transformative powers of Handel's music.
Education & Community Events: Sightlines
Fri, April 26, 7-7:30 pm
First Congregational Church
Marika Kuzma, Director of the University Chorus and Chamber Chorus, hosts a discussion on the Handel and Haydn Society, its history and the current generation of musicians, with Ian Watson, acclaimed keyboardist, conductor and vocal coach, and Guy Fishman, principal cellist.
Education & Community Events: Master Class for members of the University Chamber Chorus
Friday, April 26, 5-6:30pm
Free and Open to the Public for Observation.
Handel and Haydn Society conductor and early music keyboard specialist Ian Watson will conduct a master class at the UC Berkeley Department of Music for members of the UC Chamber Chorus. The repertoire will include Cantata No. 191 by J.S. Bach.
Dept of Music Event, TBD
Fri, Apr 26
To be announced.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]