Thursday, March 01, 2007

American Handel Festival

The American Handel Society and the Department of Music at Princeton University invites you to the 2007 American Handel Festival and Meeting of the American Handel Society to be held at Princeton University, April 19-21.

The conference portion of the festival includes an international and interdisciplinary roster of scholars who will consider a variety of issues concerning the music of Handel and his contemporaries, including Handel and Judaism, music, myth, and allegory, the reception of Handel, performance practice, Handel’s instrumental music, vocality, heroism, and masculinity. We are delighted to announce that the Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture will be given by Andrew Porter.

The Festival opens with “Britannia’s Invitation: The Life and Music Times of George Frederick Handel as seen through contemporary eyes," featuring the Richard Baroque Chamber Players, directed by Nancy Wilson, violin, with soprano Laura Heimes, countertenor Daniel Gundlach, bass Curtis Streitman, harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toch, narrated by Nathan Randall and Judith Pierce. Friday evening at 6 PM University organist Eric Plutz will present an organ recital at the University Chapel, and the Festival will conclude with a performance of Handel’s Hercules by the Princeton University Glee Club, directed by Richard Tang Yuk, with professional soloists and orchestra.

The Firestone Library will also be featuring a special exhibit of the James S. Hall Handel Collection, curated by Paula Matthews.

For more information on registration, concert tickets, and accommodations, please see the conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in Princeton in April!

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