Past Handel Week Festival Concerts

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.

The Handel Week Festival 2016 Concerts

Concert I: Sunday, 14 February 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Grand Handel — The Chorus Shines!
Music for the Spirit — Unknown Sacred Chorus Works of Handel and The Magnificent Dixit Dominus! HWV 232
My Song Shall Be Always HWV 252, I Will Magnify Thee, O God HWV 250b and an Organ Concerto in D minor Opus 7 #4, HWV 309 played by Jason Moy!

Concert II: Saturday, 20 February 2016 @ 7:30 pm

Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Soprano Mezzo, Two Violins & Basso Continuo
Duetto: Fronda leggiera e mobile HWV 186
Lungi n’andò Fileno HWV 128b for Mezzo Soprano
Trio in G Minor HWV 387 and 3 German Songs for Soprano Die ihr aus dunkeln Grüften HWV 208 and much more!

Concert III: Sunday, 6 March 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Giulio Cesare in Egitto HWV 17
This production of Giulio Cesare is in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the acclaimed City Opera’s (in New York) 1966 production by Julius Rudel which catapulted the young Beverly Sills to international stardom. This production, which we are reproducing, almost single-handedly guaranteed that Handel's operas would be heard by modern American audiences!

The Handel Week Festival 2015 Concerts

The Grand Handel -- The Orchestra Shines!
Music for the Spirit -- Featuring the Handel Week Festival Orchestra and keyboard virtuoso Stuart Leitch
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3:00 pm

Concerto in a minor (Opus 6, #4) HWV 322
Cantata Look down, harmonius saint HWV 124
Concerto in Bb major (Opus 6, #7) HWV 325
Organ Concerto in F major H.W.V 292, Stuart Leitch, Organ Soloist
Concerto in A major (Opus 6, #11) HWV 329

Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Soprano, Mezzo, Violin & Basso Continuo
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:30 pm

Featuring the artistry of Sarah Gartshore, Soprano, Michelle Wrighte, Mezzo Soprano, and Craig Trompeter, ‘Cello along with Artistic Director, Dennis Northway on Harpsichord

Duet Tanti strali al sen me scocchi HWV 197
Cantata for Alto Venne voglia ad amore HWV 176
Duet Sono liete, fortunate HWV 194
Cantata for Soprano and Violin Un’ alma inamorata HWV 173
Three Pieces for Violin
   Andante in a minor HWV 412
   Allegro in G major HWV 407
   Allegro in C minor HWV 408
Duet Langue, geme, sospira HWV 188

The incredible Mass in B Minor B.W.V. 232 -- Johann Sebastian Bach
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3:00 pm


The Handel Week Festival 2014 Concerts

THE MESSIAH! Orchestrated by MOZART!
The Oratorio MESSIAH, HWV 56
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Two TITANS of music, Handel and Mozart together in one concert! Arguably one of the most famous pieces of music of all time, The Messiah has attracted interest in people of all ages. Even the sublime Mozart wanted to “update” the piece some fifty years after it was composed. He added Clarinets, Horns, and Flutes in a beautiful re-orchestration of the beloved masterpiece. Join Maestro Northway with the celebrated Handel Week festival chorus and orchestra and sublime soloists including beloved Kimberly McCord in hearing this once-in-a-lifetime presentation. Come early as it will be standing room only!

Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Soprano, Oboe & Basso Continuo
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

Early in his life, Handel knew he had to explore outside his own country, and he did! For over five years he lived in various cities in Italy. There, he wrote over 100 secular cantatas that are almost never heard! Join us as we explore this marvelous repertoire. Hear Care selve, aure grate HWV 88, Dimmi, o mio cor HWV 106, Frat ante pene e tante HWV 116, and Un alma inamorata HWV 173 sung by a newcomer to Handel Week, Elena Batman! Her versatile and warm voice, coupled with the superb Oboe playing by our own Deborah Stevenson promises to make a divine evening of music!

The Celebratory Handel – OUR FIRST CONCERT IS BACK!
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

Music for Royal Fireworks HWV 351
Two Coronation Anthems

  • Zadok the Priest HWV 258
  • The King Shall Rejoice HWV 265

Te Deum for the Peace of Dettingen HWV 283

The Handel Week Festival 2013 Concerts

Concert I: Orchestra Alive and the HARP is back! - Concerti Grossi Opus 3!
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 3:00 PM (pre-concert lecture begins at 2:30 pm)

The Concerti Grossi of Handel are monumental treasures of the Baroque period.  Every bit as exciting and creative as the Brandenburg Concertos of Bach, these stunning compositions display perfect balance and vivacity!  It takes a world class group of virtuosi to mine all the treasures of this music.  Join our Artistic Director Dennis Northway, our Concertmaster Thomas Yang and the incomparable Handel Week Festival Orchestra as they mount three of these phenominal Concertos!  An afternoon of orchestral delight awaits!!

Concert II: A Mezzo Soprano in Love and Life! The Intimate Handel - Music for Soprano, Recorder & Basso Continuo
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 7:30 PM
(pre-concert lectures begin at 7 pm)

The first encyclopaedic collector of Handel's manuscripts was Elizabeth Legh (1695-1734) and Handel seems to have taken some of his early cantatas for soprano and transposed and ornamented them especially for her. This is a rare treasure of cantatas re-worked by Handel. Join us in an intimate chamber setting as we hear Countertenor Joseph Schlesinger present these cantatas that you will never hear again! A perfect evening of songs of love and loss!

Concert III: The Oratorio Theodora, HWV 68
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3:00 PM (pre-concert lecture begins at 2:30 pm)

Handel was a proud man and a great empressario, and when asked what his favorite work of all was, he almost always said Theodora, composed in 1749. He took highest pride in the ending chorus of the second act "He saw the lovely youth" as being even better than the Halleluia Chorus of Messiah! The story is of a fourth-century woman in Antioch, then under Roman rule, who refuses to pay homage to Jove. She is then sentenced to disgrace, possible rape and is prepared to die for her faith. To the amazement of the Romans, she is accompanied in martyrdom by Didymus, a Roman officer who had been converted by her. This is a once-in a lifetime opportunity to hear this masterpiece mounted by the Handel Week Festival Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists.

The Handel Week Festival 2012 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel: Music of the Soul
Sunday, February 19, 2012, 3:00 PM

As pants the hart HWV 252 (Psalm 89) [Soli, Chorus, Str. Ob, BC]
O Come Let us Sing HWV 253 (Psalm 95) [Soli, 2 ob, 2 Fl, str., BC]
The Lord is My Light HWV 255 (Psalm 22) [Soli, 2 ob, 2 Fl, Str, BC]
Organ Concerto Played on the Harp!

Concert II: Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel - Music for Soprano, Recorder & Basso Continuo
Saturday, February 25, 7:30 PM & Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 PM

Un Alma Innamorta HWV 173
Recorder Sonata
Dimmi, o mio cor - HWV 106
German Song Selections From Burrows Songs and Cantatas for Soprano Voice
Flute Sonata
Non sospirar, non piangere - HWV 141

Concert III: The Oratorio Semele HWV 58
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 3:00 PM

The Handel Week Festival 2011 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel: Orchestra Alive!
Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7:30 PM

The Handel Week OrchestraOur 2011 festival 12th season begins with The Grand Handel: Orchestra Alive! As is our tradition, this concert features our remarkable Handel Week Festival orchestra and orchestral soloists in compositions every bit as virtuosic and demanding as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, namely the famous Handel Concerti Grossi.

It will combine a virtuoso organ concerto, a demanding cantata for alto and string orchestra, and two concerto grossi. This year we will present two master works the HWV 315 concerto grosso in F major, and the HWV 316 in d minor. Long-time Handel Week favorite Sarah Gartshore will be the featured soloist.

Our audiences have always loved, as Handel’s audiences loved, the thrill of an organ concerto, so this year we are presenting the Organ Concerto 307 in A. In his early period, he wrote a significant number of secular cantatas, and though most are simply for soprano, cello and harpsichord, some are more elaborate. We are pleased this year to present the Cantata Carco sempre di Gloria HWV 87 for alto, strings and basso continuo.

Listen: Handel Week 2011 - Concerto Grosso #5 In D

Handel Week 2011 - Organ Concerto In A Major Op.7 No.2 HWV 307 IV Allegro

Concert II: Ah, Cruel Love! Ah, Cruel Fate! or Chamber Rejoicings and Laments on Love and Life
Friday, February 11 & Saturday, February 12, 2011, 7:30 PM

Rosalind Lee
Rosalind Lee
Rosalind Lee
Nicci Krebasch

We present TWO performances of our long-anticipated chamber cantata concert. Ah, Cruel Love! Ah, Cruel Fate!, or Chamber Rejoicings and Laments on Love and Life feature the soprano soloists Rosalind Lee and Nicci Krebasch singing cantatas Del bel idolo mio HWV 104, Notte placida e cheta HWV 142, Tu fedel? Tu costante? HWV 171, and Poichè giuraro amore. Two of these cantatas feature our superb concertmaster Thomas Yang and Handel Week festival favorite Jeri Lou Zike. Rounding out the program is Handel family treasure Erik Liefrinck playing one suite and one partita.

Listen: Handel Week 2011 - Notte placida e cheta, HWV 142 Recitative Notte placi

Concert III: Back by Popular Demand: ISRAEL IN EGYPT
Oratorio: Israel in Egypt, HWV 54
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 3:00 PM

Handel Week ChorusHere in one monumental work, set in the hands of an eight-part chorus, is the panoramic story of the plagues of Egypt and the adventure of the children of Israel and their difficulties with the Pharoah. Under the magical genius of Handel’s compositional pen we hear plagues of locusts, hailstones and blood. We hear sighing, battle, dancing and triumph. Handel treats us to frogs, man-of-wars, and supple duets of passion. This is a master composer at his very highest level of achievement! For your delectation, we are thrilled to present this spectacular wonderful, and amazing work!

Listen: Handel Week 2011 - Israel In Egypt - I Will Sing Unto The Lord

The Handel Week Festival 2010 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel: Music for the Peace!
Jubilate & Te Deum for the Peace of Utrecht HWV 278, 279

Saturday, February 20, 7:30 pm

Featuring the Handel Week Orchestra & Chorus The Utrecht Jubilate and Te Deum, written for chorus and orchestra, were first performed at the thanksgiving for the Treaty of Utrecht held in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, on 7th July 1713. They were quickly established in standard use on such occasions because of their elegance and splendor. Hear a rare performance of this magnificent pair of choral masterworks by our own virtuoso Handel Week Festival Choir!

Concert II: Cabaret Handel: HANDEL, SCARLATTI & BACH
Cantata: Su le sponde del Tebro - Alessandro Scarlatti Harpsichord Suite – Handel Cantata: Salve Regina HWV 241 – Handel Harpsichord Partita – Handel Cantata: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51 – J.S. Bach

Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm

For the first time in our history we compare the music of Handel with Scarlatti and Bach! Hear the jewel-toned Rosalind Lee present three show-stopping virtuoso cantatas by the three great Baroque masters accompanied by string quartet and trumpet! Keyboard virtuoso Erik Liefrinck joins us to present a set of variations and a suite of Handel. This is not-to-be-missed chamber music!

Rodelinda, Regina de’ Longobardi HWV 19

Sunday, March 7, 3 pm

The king is dead . . . or is he?

Queen Rodelinda is presented with tragic scenarios that lead to a gripping climax! Hear what is regarded by some to be Handel's most beautiful theatrical composition featuring some of the greatest artists you could imagine. High drama and splendid musicianship are wedded into a perfect afternoon of Handel.

The Handel Week Festival 2009 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel - Orchestra Alive!
WATER MUSIC - COMPLETE!  HWV 348, 349, 350
Cantata “Laudate pueri Dominum” HWV 236
Saturday, February 21, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp

Concert II: Play and Sing in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Mezzo, Oboe  & Basso Continuo
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

Amy de Jong, mezzo soprano
Cantata “Dolc’è pur d’amor l’affanno” - HWV 109a
Oboe Sonata in Bb HWV 357
Cantata “Ho fuggito Amore” - HWV 118
Cantata “Son gelsomino” - HWV 164b
Oboe Sonata in C Minor HWV 366
Cantata “Lungi da me, pensier tiranno!” - HWV 125 b

The Oratorio MESSIAH, HWV 56
Sunday, March 8, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

Kimberly McCord, soprano
Veronica McHale, contralto
Gerald Frantzen, tenor
Philip Kraus, bass

The Handel Week Festival 2008 Concerts

The Ways of Zion Do Mourn
Anthem for the Funeral of Queen Caroline HWV 264
Organ Concerto opus 4, number 2, in B flat major
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 7:30 p.m.

Featuring the Handel Week Festival Chorus and Thomas Wikman, Organ

Concert II: The “Viol” Difficulties of Love
Music for Soprano and dueling violins
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring Kimberly McCord, Soprano
Jeri Lou Zike and Thomas Yang, Violins
Susan Ross, Cello
Dennis Northway, Harpsichord

HWV 81 Cantata “Alpestre Monte”
HWV 400 Sonata in g for 2 violins
HWV 110 Cantata  “Dunque Sarà pur vero”
Solo Violin Sonata in G Major, HWV 358
              I. Allegro
             II. Adagio
            III. Allegro
HWV 113 Cantata “Figlio d’alte speranze”

Concert III: Acis and Galatea HWV 49 (1732)
Sunday, February 24 @ 3:00 pm

Orchestration by Mozart K. 566 (1788)
Galatea (soprano) Sarah Gartshore          
Acis (tenor) Stephen Noon
Damon (tenor) Dan Rose               
Polyphemus (bass) Philip A. Kraus
Chorus of Shepherds and Shepherdesses featuring the Heritage Chorale of Oak Park

The Handel Week Festival 2007 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel - Orchestra Alive!
Concerti Grossi (HWV 320; HWV 326; HWV 329)
Sacred Cantata (HWV  242) - Silete venti
Soprano Cantata (HWV 97) - Crudel tiranno amor
Saturday, February 17, 2007 @ 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Sarah Gartshore, Soprano

Concert II: Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
Music for Soprano, Violin, Guitar & Basso Continuo
Monday, February 19, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

Cantata “Clori, ove sei” - HWV 93
Cantata “No se emendarà jamás” - HWV 140
Three English Theater Songs

  1. Twas when the seas were roaring (The Melancholy Nymph) HWV 228 no. 19
  2. I like the am’rous youth HWV 228 no. 11
  3. Love’s but the frailty of the Mind HWV218

Two Violin Sonatas
Cantata “Da sete ardente afflitto” - HWV 100

Featuring: Kimberly McCord, Soprano and Concertmaster Thomas Yang, Violin

Concert III: The Oratorio SAMSON, HWV 57
Featuring the Handel Week Festival Chorus, Orchestra and Soloists!
Sunday, February 25, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

Eric Ashcraft, Samson (Tenor)
Kimberly McCord, Delilah (Soprano)
Nicci Krebash, Soprano
Rosalind Lee, Soprano
Ann Reisig, Soprano
Ruth Lidecka, Alto
Henry Hunt, Tenor
Philip Kraus, Baritone
Warren Kaplan, Bass

The Handel Week Festival 2006 Concerts

Concert I: Dixit Dominus
Sat., Feb 4, 7:30 pm

A stunning concerto for chorus, along with an organ concerto by Handel Week favorite, Thomas Wikman. This concert is dedicated to the memory of William McMillan and Vincenza Fonti.

Concert II: The Intimate Handel
Tue., Feb 7, 7:30 pm

Alluring music for two virtuoso singers & flute. Join Julia Bentley, Andrea Holliday & Kaye Clements for a sublime evening.

Concert III: Ezio Metastasio
Sun., Feb 12, 3:00 pm

A returning hero, his beloved, and a powerful Roman Caesar mixed up in a tangle of love and intrigue Funded by a Generous Grant in Memory of Curtis G. Pinnell.

The Handel Week Festival 2005 Concerts

Concert I: Concerted Music for Master Musicians - Handel's Concerti Grossi & a Virtuoso Solo Cantata
Sat., Feb 5th, 7:30 p.m.

Concerto Grosso in d minor Opus 6, #10 HWV. 328, Concerto Grosso in D Major Opus 6, #5 HWV. 323, Cuopre tal Volta il Cielo HWV. 98, Concerto Grosso in b minor Opus 6, #12 HWV. 330

Concert II: The Intimate Handel: Music for Soprano and Violins
Tue., Feb 8th, 7:30 p.m.

Clori, mia bella Clori HWV 92, Figlio d'alte speranze HWV 113, Aure soavi e liete HWV 84, Violin Sonata in A Major Dietro l'orme fugaci HWV 105

Concert III: Judas Maccabaeus
Sun., Feb 22nd, 3 p.m.

Featuring Thomas Dymit, Philip Kraus. Sarah Gartshore, Ruth Lidecka, Edward Zelnis, Edward Zelnis, Ruth Lidecka, and Members of the Schola Choir of Grace Church and the Madrigal Choir of Grace Church

The Handel Week Festival 2004 Concerts

Concert I: Esther: Haman & Mordecai
Sat., Feb. 7th, 7:30 pm

Featuring Soloists Sarah Gartshore, Philip A. Kraus, Jay Morrisey, Edward Zelnis, Ameilia Fonti, Nicci Krebasch, Rosalind Lee, and Ruth Lidecka

Concert II: The Intimate Handel
Tue., Feb. 10th, 7:30 pm

Featuring Michelle Wright, Mezzo Soprano; Kaye Clements, Flute; Susan Ross, 'Cello; and Dennis Northway, Harpsichord. Fra pensieri quell pensiro - HWV 115, Sonata in A Minor (Opus 1 #4) Irene, idolo mio - HWV 120b, Figli del mesto cor - HWV 112, Sonata Number 3 in G Major (Opus 1 #5) Mi palpita il cor HWV 132c

Concert III: Duelling Orchestras! Concerti ŕ due cori and an Oboe Concerto Sun., Feb. 15th, 3 pm

Funded by a Generous Grant in Memory of Curtis G. Pinnell. HWV 333, HWV 334, Oboe Concerto HWV 332

The Handel Week Festival 2003 Concerts

Concert I: Siroë, King of Persia
Fri., May 2nd

Featuring Amelia Fonti, Julia Bentley, Philip A. Kraus, Tina Beverly, and Lisa Flores

Concert II: The Intimate Handel
Tue., May 13th

Featuring Michelle Areyzaga, Soprano; Dennis Northway, Harpsichord; Susan Ross; 'Cello; Deborah Stevenson, Oboe; Thomas Yang, Violin. Trio Sonata # 2 in G Minor Opus 2 #2 HWV 393 for Two instruments and Basso Continuo, Cantata “Filli adorata e cara” HWV 114 (1707-1708) for Soprano and Basso Continuo, Sonata # 13 in D Major Opus 1 # 13 HWV 371 for Violin and Basso Continuo Two Settings of Alleluia, Amen. HWV 367, 371, II. Amen in F major, VI. Alleluia, Amen in A minor, Sonata # 9 in C Minor, Opus 1 # 8 HWV 366 for Oboe and Basso Continuo, Cantata "Languia di bocca lusinghiera" HWV 123 for Soprano, Oboe, Violin and Basso Continuo

Concert III: The New Handel
Sun., May 18th

Featuring Soprano Sarah Gartshore and Handel Week Chorus Soloists Nikki Krebasch, Rosalind Lee and Ruth Lidecka. Chandos Anthem: Let God Arise HWV 256a Gloria In Excelsis Deo HWV deest, Chicago Premiere Chandos Anthem: O Praise the Lord with One Consent HWV 254.

The Handel Week Festival 2002 Concerts

Concert I: Israel in Egypt
Sunday April 21st, 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Sarah Gartshore, Nicci Krebasch, sopranos; Amy Pickering, alto; and Jay Morrisey, tenor; and presented in conjunction with Oak Park's Heritage Chorale, Jonathan Miller, artistic director.

Concert II: The Intimate Handel
Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Yang, violin; Kaye Clements, flute; and Susan Ross, cello. Sonata C Minor H.W. 386a for Recorder, Violin., Basso Continuo Airs Francais (Cantata): Sans y penser H.W. 155 (Rome, Sept 1707) Solo Sonata #11 in A Major H.W. 372 Opus 1 #14 for Violin., Basso Continuo Sonata #5 in F Major H.W. 369 for Recorder, Basso Continuo Cantata: Deh! Lasciate e vita e volo H.W. 103 (ca. 1720, London) for Alto, Basso Continuo Sonata in F Major H.W. 405 for Recorder, Violin, Basso Continuo

Concert III: "Handel on Handel"
Sunday, April 28th, 3:00 p.m.

Featuring Diane Ragains, soprano; Philip A. Kraus, baritone; Amelia Fonti, mezzo-soprano; David Solem, harpsichordist; and Susan Ross, cello. Nell' africane selve H.W. 136a (Naples, June/July 1708) Handel non puo mia musa H.W. 117 (July/August 1708) Akka Caccua (Diana Cacciatrice) H.W. 79 (May, 1707) Suite in G Minor H.W. 246, 247, 249 Tacite, ohime, tacite H. W. 196 (1710-1711) Our 2001 Concerts:

The Handel Week Festival 2001 Concerts

Concert I: The Grand Handel
Sat., April 28th, 8 p.m.

Featuring Philip A. Kraus, baritone with Melody Turner, organist. Grand Concerto Opus 6 # 6 in G Minor from Twelve Grand Concertos in 7 Parts H.W. 324 (London, 1740). Cuopre tai volta, Cantata for solo bass H.W. 98 (1708). Grand Concerto Opus 6 #3 in C Minor from Twelve Grand Concertos in 7 parts H.W. 321 (London, 1740). Organ Concerto in D Minor, H. W. 304 (1746) 3vl, va, bc Grand Concerto Opus 6 #1 in G Major from Twelve Grand Concertos in 7 Parts H.W. 319 (London 1740).

Concert II: The Intimate Handel or The Pleasure of Your Company
Tue., May 1st, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Tracy Watson, mezzo soprano, and David Solem and Denise Northway, harsichord. Sonata #6 in G Minor for Recorder and Basso Continuo H.W. 360 (1725/1726). Lungi dal mio bel Nume, Soprano Solo Cantata H.W. 127a (3 March 1708) Harpsichord Work Nel dolce dell' oblio Pensieri Notturni di Filli, Soprano Solo Cantata with Recorder H.W. 134 (1707/1708) Sonata in E Minor for Flute and Basso Continuo H.W. 359 b (1726/1732)

Concert III: The Celebratory Handel
Sunday., May 6th, 3:00 p.m.

With full orchestra and chorus, Featuring Diane Ragains and Donald S. Wright, organist. Ode for St. Cecelia's Day on a text by Dryden H.W. 76 (1739) "From harmony, from heavenly harmony" Organ Concerto #13 in F Major (1739)"The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" Org, 2 Ob., str., BC Return to Complete Ode for St. Cecelia's Day.

The Handel Week Festival 2000 Concerts

Concert I: The Celebratory Handel
Sat., May 20th, 8 p.m.

Dr. Dennis A. Northway, director; Thomas Yang, concertmaster. Featuring Ruth Lidecka, contralto, and Philip A. Kraus, baritone with a full professional orchestra and chorus. Music for Royal Fireworks; Coronation Anthems: Zadok the Priest and the King Shall Rejoice Te Deum for the Peace of Dettingen.

Concert II: The Intimate Handel
Tue., May 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Tracy Watson, mezzo soprano, and David Solem, virtuoso harpsichordist, and Dennis Northway, basso continuo harpsichordist. Alto Solo Cantatas & Harpsichord Sonatas: Cantata: Clori, degli occhi miei Harpsichord: Suite in B Flat Major Cantata: Qualor, Crudeli si ma Vaga Cori Harpsichord: Chaconne in G Minor Cantata: Siete Rose Rugiadose Harpsichord: Prelude and Chacoone Cantata: "The Harmonious Blacksmith"