The Handel Week Festival 2017 Concerts

Concert I: Sunday, 12 February 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Grand Handel — Orchestra Alive!
Concerto Festival — Our Orchestra Shines
Concerto Grosso HWV 317 Opus 3, no. 6 in D along with
HWV 288 in B♭ and HWV 319 in G Minor and featuring
HWV 235 Motet for Soprano and Strings Hæc est regina virginum

Our virtuoso orchestra, under concertmaster Thomas Yang, will present the final set of Concerto Grossi that we have yet to offer to you, our faithful supporters. If you have come to our concerts since the outset, you have now heard every one of his magnificent Concerti Grossi. Under the baton of our Artistic Director, Dennis Northway, we will present, on Sunday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m., the Concerto Grosso HWV 317 Opus 3 no. 6 in D major along with HWV 288 in B♭ and HWV 303 in G Minor. And, we will again welcome beloved soprano, Rosalind Lee, in presenting the ravishing early composition, HWV 235, Motet for soprano and strings Hæc est regina virginum.

Concert II: Saturday, 25 February 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Mezzo, Harpsichord, Flute and Basso Continuo
Featuring Alto Jake Barlow and Virtuoso Keyboardist Erik Liefrinck!

Siete rose rugiadose HWV 162 Vedendo amor HWV 175
A flute sonata and 2 more pieces for harpsichord

The much-anticipated chamber concert this year, Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel, will use countertenor, flute, harpsichord and ’cello. Be sure to join us on Saturday, 25 February at 7:30 p.m. Our new English countertenor, Jake Barlow, with a golden, intimate voice, will offer, with ’cello and Artistic Director Dennis Northway on harpsichord, two lovely secular cantatas, Siete rose rugiadose HWV 162, and Vedendo amor HWV 175. Along with this, long-time friend of Handel Week, the harpsichord virtuoso, Erik Liefrinck will again dazzle us presenting Handel’s intense and challenging solo harpsichord sonatas. We will top all this off with a beautiful flute sonata played on a golden flute by Marcia Hustad.

Concert III: Sunday, 5 March 2017 @ 3:00 pm

The Oratorio Alexander’s Feast HWV 75

We will end the season with what is often the most performed piece after Messiah, the celebration of music on a text by John Dryden, the Oratorio HWV 75 Alexander’s Feast. Join Handel Week favorites Sarah Gartshore, soprano, Philip Kraus, baritone, and William Bouuvel, tenor, along with the magnificent Handel Week Chorus and Orchestra on Sunday, 5 March at 3:00 in the marvelous acoustics of Grace Church.

See the Handel Week Festival past concerts here.