The 2015 H&H Bicentennial will be a celebration of the people of Boston—a reflection upon 200 years of musical innovation and education that embodies the cultural heritage of the city. H&H has a rich history of introducing great works of music to America and has been an integral part of many moments in US history.
From the US premiere of Handel’s Messiah in 1818 to a performance at President Lincoln’s memorial service in 1865, to the creation of its education program in 1985, H&H has consistently made significant contributions to the American performance tradition.
Bicentennial festivities will commence with the opening of the 2014–2015 Season and will close with Messiah in December 2015. Throughout the year, H&H will showcase the rich history and vibrant future of the institution through exhibits, lectures, free concerts, and more.