Born in 1732, Joseph Haydn showed remarkable musical talent from an early age, joining the choir of Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral as a young boy. But when he played a prank on a fellow choirboy by snipping off one of his pigtails, Haydn was thrown out of the choir and onto the streets, where he began working as a freelance musician and composing his own works. Over the coming decades, Haydn would secure lucrative aristocratic patrons, forge a fleeting bromance with Mozart, and pen numerous buoyant, upbeat compositions that are beloved to this day. In this concert at Boston Symphony Hall, the Handel and Hayden Society's Period Instrument Orchestra plays an all-Haydn program that includes his Violin Concerto in A Major, performed by violin virtuoso Aisslinn Nosky.
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