Happy 200th Anniversary!

by Balthasar Denner

by Balthasar Denner

America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization, turned 200 this year!  Congratulations to Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society.   At the conclusion of the War of 1812, once the news reached Boston, the peace festivities included a group of musicians playing excerpts of Haydn’s The Creation,” as well as Handel’s “Messiah.”

by Thomas Hardy

by Thomas Hardy

Newspaper reporters covering the festivities wrote about the need to have access to more music from Europe . . .

The Handel and Haydn Society was officially formed on April 13, 1815  by a group of 44 amateur musicians (choral as well as instrumental).

The Society, while still reliant on donations, is in great shape financially.  Their current annual budget is around $5 million and their endowment has grown to $7.6 million.

Long live classical music!

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