The mission of the Handel and Haydn Society
is to perform Baroque and Classical music for chorus and
period-instrument orchestra at the highest level of artistic
achievement. Founded as a choral society in 1815 by a group
of Boston merchants, Handel and Haydn is among the oldest
continuously performing arts organizations in the country.
From its earliest years, the Society established a tradition
of innovation, performing the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah in
1818, Haydn’s Creation in 1819, Verdi’s Requiem in
1878, and Bach’s B Minor Mass in 1887. The Society
began performing Handel’s Messiah annually
in 1854. Throughout its history the Handel and Haydn Society
has brought the world’s most beautiful music and its
greatest artists to local audiences, setting a standard for
orchestral and choral performances that remains unparalleled.
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