Handel and Haydn Society Receives $ 10 Million Donation to Honor Artistic Director Harry Christophers

The Handel and Haydn Society has just received a transformative donation of $ 10 million in honor of artistic director Harry Christophers. The money has been donated directly and anonymously and will help establish the Harry Christophers Fund for Artistic Excellence. H + H announced the donation ahead of Friday’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Symphony Hall in Boston. At the same time, H + H also named Christophers Laureate Conductor; the title will take effect after Christophers completes his term as Artistic Director in May 2022. H + H also announced that he will be honored at a gala at Symphony Hall on May 9, 2022. Christophers is in his 13th and last season as an artist. Director.

The $ 10 million donation is the largest donation in H + H history and will have a lasting impact on America’s oldest performing arts organization. While the donor requested to remain anonymous, they said in a statement: “Harry has fulfilled the mission of the Handel and Haydn Society. I want to make sure that the next art director powers the magic, the joy and the learning. created by Harry Christophers on new levels. I want the new Art Director and H + H to make sure he’s the best in America if not the world at what he does, transforming lives with unparalleled excellence. ”

“This mind-blowing gift will have a profound and lasting impact on the organization,” said Rob Shapiro, Chairman of the Board of Governors of H + H. “This giveaway allows H + H and the new Art Director to take what Harry started and build on, bringing H + H to a new and larger audience and expanding our repertoire as we continue to explore the extensive baroque and classical catalog. “

Christophers was appointed artistic director of H + H in 2009, the 13th artistic director in the history of the organization. During his tenure, the organization has changed. H + H has become one of the best baroque and classical ensembles in the country. Christophers led the organization through its 2015 bicentennial. He hired over 60% of the current roster of musicians, which he led in 15 commercial recordings, the most of any artistic director at H + H. There has been an increase in touring, sharing the H + H magic with audiences in Tanglewood and New York.

The Harry Christophers Fund for Artistic Excellence will support Christophers’ farewell season and extend his legacy in perpetuity. The Fund will finance the fees of conductors and soloists, the remuneration of orchestras and choirs, audio and video recording and distribution and tours.

“The award-winning conductor title and the Fund are just two ways to thank a leader who gave more than we could ever have asked for during his tenure as artistic director,” said David Snead, President and CEO of Handel and Haydn. Society. “Thanks to the Fund, Harry’s impact on H + H will be felt for decades.”

More information on upcoming H + H Company events can be found on their website. Donors can support the Harry Christophers Fund for Artistic Excellence at handelandhaydn.org/harry-christophers-fund-for-artistic-excellence/.

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