Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the U. S. They will perform at the Sanibel Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way.

The ensemble is a period –instrument orchestra, originally formed as a choral society, which has a fresh and vital take on Baroque and early Classical period music. Its orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues, in addition to a robust program of events in museums, schools and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. This concert will feature a rarely heard Baroque trumpet concerto. Sponsored by Jackie and Roy Sweeney Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Gaye & Jim Pigott.

Program:

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in B-flat major, Op. 6, no 11

Guiseppe Torelli: Sonata for Trumpet in D Major, G.1

Francesco Geminiani: Concerto gross in e minor, Op. 3, No. 3

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for violoncello, strings, and basso continuo in G, RV 413

Georg Phillip Telemann: Overture--Suite “Burlesque de Don Quixotte,” TWV 55:G10

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for violin, strings, and basso continuo in a minor, BWV 1041

Tickets may be purchased for $50 each by calling 239-344-7025, or on- line at www.sanibelmusicfestival.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one half hour before each performance and are also available at the Bank of the Islands on Periwinkle Way.

The Sanibel Music Festival, celebrating its 33rd season, presents world renowned artists during the month of March at the Congregational church on Sanibel Island. Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organization, its mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities.