The Handel and Haydn Society has 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. The donation was announced ahead of Friday’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Symphony Hall in Boston and at the same time, the organization named Christophers as the award-winning conductor. The title will take effect after his tenure as artistic director of Christophers ends in May 2022.
The evening also saw the announcement of a gala at Symphony Hall on May 9, 2022 for Christophers in his 13th and final season as Artistic Director.
In a statement, Rob Shapiro, Chairman of the Board of Governors of H + H, said: “Harry has fulfilled the mission of the Handel and Haydn Society. I want to make sure that the next Art Director takes the magic, joy and learning that Harry Christophers created to 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 unmatched excellence. “
Christophers was appointed artistic director of H + H in 2009 and his tenure saw the growth of H + H into a renowned baroque and classical ensemble. in the nation. The new 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.