Don’t miss the long-anticipated return of violinist Aisslinn Nosky, who directs a program of large-scale chamber music by trailblazers of the romantic period.

Renowned for performances that “rouse the audience to near frenzy” (WGBH Boston) the “perpetually fabulous” (Boston Globe) violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads an invigorating program of large-scale chamber works from the romantic period. Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston since 2011, Aisslinn is a former member of Tafelmusik and a perennial fan favourite.

Though he was just 16 when he composed the Octet in E-flat Major, Mendelssohn was very precise in outlining his concept, urging the eight musicians to play “in symphonic orchestral style.” With its youthful vitality and sheer virtuosity, the Octet is regarded as one of the great chamber music works of the 19th century.

Wind instruments take centre stage in our premiere performance of the Nonet, op. 38 for winds and strings by the French composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazing woman who became the toast of Paris following the work’s triumphant premiere in 1849. Seven years earlier, Farrenc made history as the first female professor at the Paris Conservatory. After more than a century and a half of neglect, her music is enjoying a long overdue resurgence.

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Running Time
About 100 minutes
Style of Music

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

October 28, 2022 8:00 pm
October 29, 2022 2:00 pm

Aisslinn Nosky

Guest Director

The dynamic Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky has captivated audiences around the world. Her fierce passion for early music and skill as a soloist, director, and conductor have generated robust appreciation. Hailed as “superb” by The New York Times and “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star, widespread demand for Aisslinn continues to grow.

Aisslinn was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in 2011. She has also appeared as guest director and soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Holland Baroque, and Symphony Nova Scotia. She was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2005 to 2016 and served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony from 2016 to 2019. Aisslinn is currently Guest Artist-in-Residence of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

Aisslinn has recorded the complete Haydn and Mozart violin concertos with the Handel and Haydn Society.


Directed by Aisslinn Nosky 


Anton Reicha Wind quintet in E Minor, op. 88, no. 1

Felix Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20

Louise Farrenc Nonet in E-flat Major, op. 38