Handel Week Festival

From the Director

Handel Week 2021 Season Overview:
What a difference a year makes! Welcome to Handel Week Festival’s 2021, 22nd festival Season! We are delighted you are reading this! This is a tough time, but music is perhaps more important than ever in times like these! As this is a season of Pandemic, our season will be different than any other year; nonetheless we hope you will join us!

This year each concert will be offered electronically in any format that you might chose (CD, .mp3, download or dropbox). Because we value deeply our fine musicians who have given us such fine music over the decades, please know your support will go to them to compensate them for their artistry. Our first concert will be our chamber concert featuring Soprano, Mezzo, two Violins and Basso Continuo. We are exceptionally proud of our chamber concerts that offer music that is often almost impossible to find anywhere. This first offering will be available during the month of January, 2021 and features the dynamic artistry of Amy Conn, Julia Bentley, Thomas Yang, Jeri-Lou Zike, Richard Yeo and Dennis Northway. These concerts have never been available for personal listening, so this is a rare opportunity!

The second offering will be Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks and Water Music – truly some of Handel’s most wonderful and popular music. You can own our thrilling and dynamic performances of these two monuments of music! These performances, from previous seasons, will be delivered to your door in any format you chose (CD, .mp3, download or dropbox) during February, 2021. This is perfect music to uplift one’s spirits, or play as background music for in-home projects or dinner parties!

Our third is a stunning chamber concert by Countertenor Jake Barlow, along with Richard Yeo, Cello, Marcia Hustad, Flute and Virtuoso Keyboardist Erik Liefrinck of cantatas of Handel music for Flute and Harpsichord. They will arrive with full translations and artist biographies along with information on the date of the performance. These very rare cantatas are hard, if not impossible, to find! They will be delivered to our subscriber’s door or inbox by March, 2021. They will be a treat to your ears!

We are excited to present this music to you, our dedicated audience! We also look forward to greeting you in person next season!

Dennis E. Northway, Artistic Director

Concerts this Season

Concert 1 - The Grand Handel

Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Concert 2 - The Alto in Love and Life!

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Concert 3 - The Regal Handel

Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Our festival concerts feature:

  • Music in one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the area
  • For Concerts I and III: Pre-concert lectures beginning @ 2:15 pm and post-concert receptions with the artists
  • Concert II is cabaret-style concert: Intimate tables with refreshments. Artists provide commentary on performance
  • Free lighted parking in adjacent lot.
  • Free admission for children & teens between the ages of 8-18

Who We Are

The Handel Week Festival is an annual week-long festival to celebrate the music of George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). The Festival is currently held in the spring of each year at Pilgrim Church in Oak Park and was begun at Grace Episcopal Church, in Oak Park, Illinois. It was begun in 2000, patterned after the highly successful Bach Week Festival in Evanston. Founders Dr. Dennis E. Northway and Charles Chauncey Wells believed that the works of this great master would be as enthusiastically received as Bach Week's 4 decades of success.

Handel Week Festival is a production of Handel Week Incorporated, an Illinois non-profit corporation devoted to popularizing and promoting the music of Handel. It encourages musicians and various media venues to play his works and supports activities pertaining to Handel both in Chicagoland and throughout the world. Handel Week Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Documentary video produced by Edward Seaton
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Going Virtual

Our concert information in available on the concerts page and tickets are available on the Ticket Box page.

Our Venue

Pilgrim Congregational Church
We are moving!
Better sight lines!
More parking!
Pilgrim Congregational Church U.C.C.
460 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Listen Now

O Ruddier than the Cherry
Artist:Philip A. Kraus
Acis and Galata
Handel Festival 2019
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Act III Opening
Artist: The Handel Week Festival Orchestra The Oratorio Solomon
2019 Performance
Aria: Will the sun forget to streak
Artist: Kimberly McCord and the Handel Week Festival Orchestra The Oratorio Solomon
Handel Festival 2019
Anthem for the Coronation of Queen Caroline (2008)
Acis And Galatea, The flocks shall leave the mountains (2008)
Chamber Concert (2008)