American Handel Society Conference

The American Handel Society biennial conference is the reason for the Festival.  Every other year, Handel scholars from all over the world get together to share their research and ideas and to celebrate the life and works of the great composer.  The Conference usually takes its theme from the works being performed — or vice-versa.  This year the theme is Handel’s early years in England  at Cannons, the country seat of the Duke of Chandos. 

The meetings will be held at the Pastoral Center, St. James Cathedral, Seattle, March 24-27, 2011.  Space is limited.   Daily registration is available.

An online registration form is here.

Conference Schedule:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

Thurs., Mar. 24
6 – 8 pm: opening reception with 30-min concert by Maxine Eilander whose CD Handel’s Harp was released in Aug. 2009

Fri., Mar. 25
9:00 – 11:45: Paper Session with snacks and coffee
12:00 – 1 pm: Janet See recital
1:15 – 2:30: Catered Lunch/AHS Board Meeting
2:30 – 5:00: Paper Session
7 pm: Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by David Hurley: Once More with Feeling: Da Capo Patterns in Handel’s Oratorios
8 pm Concert: Boston Early Music Festival: Acis and Galatea

Sat., Mar. 26
9:00 – 11:45 Paper Session with snacks and coffee
12 – 1:00 pm: Handel Chorus concert
1:15 – 2:45 AHS luncheon and brief General Membership Meeting
3-6 pm Afternoon free
7 pm: Pre-Concert Lecture by John Roberts
8 pm Concert: Pacific Musicworks and Tudor Choir: Esther

Sun., Mar. 27 (Town Hall)
10 am – 1:30 Paper session and Brunch
2 pm: Pre-Concert Lecture
3 pm Concert: Seattle Baroque Orchestra
6 pm: Post-Festival Dinner

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