H+H will give the world premiere of a commission by Jonathan Woody based on themes of Ignatius Sancho. Born on a ship carrying enslaved people in the Atlantic, Sancho was sold into slavery in the Spanish colony of New Grenada, later making it to England to become a business owner, writer, composer, and the first Black man to vote in a British election. Woody, an acclaimed bass-baritone as well as a highly regarded composer, has performed across the globe and H+H is proud to commission this new work. The program also will include music that inspired, or was inspired by, other compositions: Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso after Corelli, Op. 5, No. 5 in G Minor and Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico No. 2 in B-flat Major, reputedly some of the origin material for Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
Jonathan Woody: Suite for String Orchestra after the works of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Handel: Concerto Grosso in C Minor, Op. 6, No. 8 (movements 1, 4, and 6)
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso after Corelli, Op. 5, No. 5 in G Minor
Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 2 in B-flat Major
Aisslinn Nosky, director
This program is made possible in part by the generous support of Deborah and Robert First.
Aisslinn Nosky, director, is sponsored in part by John J. Winkleman Jr.
Jonathan Woody’s Suite for String Orchestra after the works of Charles Ignatius Sancho was commissioned by the Handel and Haydn Society with support from Jim and Cathy Stone.