Dear Friend of Handel Week:

We are delighted to greet you and share with you our 21st Handel Week Gala Season in a new venue with more parking and better sight lines! I am writing with a royal "we" because our series this year will be a ROYAL DELIGHT! There is only one composition that has been sung at every royal English Coronation since it was composed, and that is the glorious “Zadok the Priest” of Handel. We will be featuring it and the other three Coronation Anthems in our final gala concert of the season! Allow me to share with you our entire season.

We will begin with three wonderful and rarely heard late concerto grossi; HWV 313 in Bb, HWV 318 in C, and HWV 302 also in Bb on Sunday, 9 February, 2020 at 3 p.m.. We will then present the early and remarkable Soprano secular cantata for Soprano, Strings and Oboes HWV 78 Ah! Crudel nel pianto. To round out this delightful concert, Handel friend Stuart Leitch will play Handel’s Organ Concerto HWV 309 in D minor. This should be an unforgettable afternoon of music!

Our dedicated audience always loves our intimate Cabaret concert, and the one on Saturday, 22 February will be one for the ages! Golden-throated Amy Anderson de Jong, a perennial Handel Week favorite, will present two adventurous Alto secular solo cantatas: HWV 118 Alto Cantata Ho fuggito Amore, and HWV 164b Alto Cantata Son gelsomino. These will be presented with Handel’s only two recorder Sonatas, HWV 377 Sonata in Bb, and HWV 367a Sonata in D minor. To this rich palette of sounds we add a Suite (HWV 452) and Fugue (HWV 606) both in G minor played on Harpsichord by the outstanding young keyboard virtuoso Charlie Carpenter. This will be an evening to savor!

The four Coronation anthems of Handel are some of his most beloved works and you will get to hear them all as they were sung at George II’s coronation including: Let they hand be strengthened, Zadok the priest, The King shall rejoice and My heart is inditing (HWV 258-261) on Sunday March 1 at 3:00. We have paired these with Handel’s perhaps most persuasive depiction of the power of music, his Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day HWV 76 on a text by John Dryden. Our soloists, the wonderful Handel Week Chorus and Orchestra will join together in this paen to music.

Our concerts this year are at Pilgrim Congregational Church on Lake Street in Oak Park. In order to present this glorious music, I am writing to ask your kind support. Our ticket costs only cover 1/3 the cost required to present these concerts. Please help the wonderful music of Handel continue to sound in Oak Park. On behalf of the entire Handel Week Family, I thank you in advance!

To Handel and his Music!

Dr. Dennis E. Northway, Artistic Director, Handel Week, Inc.

You can easily donate on our Ticket Box page.