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Festival Schedule

Beginning March 11, 2011 Seattle will host more than 2 dozen concerts and recitals of music by Handel and his contemporaries.  The Seattle Symphony Orchestra opens the festival with conductor Nicholas McGegan and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.  The festival ends with Pacific Musicworks and Tudor Choir’s performance of Esther, Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Acis and Galatea, [...]

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Press

The American Handel Festival has fired the imaginations of Seattle’s wonderful media professionals.  Here is a sampling of what you can read or hear about the festival: A busy weekend for Seattle Baroque fans, with Handel Festival A busy weekend of Handel Festival and Baroque events in Seattle March 18-20, including “Dixit Dominus” and Bach’s [...]

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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 [...]

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Handel at Cannons

Early Music America, Fall 2010 by Graydon Beeks, President of the American Handel Society HANDEL CREATED his first two large scale dramatic works with English texts, Acis and Galatea and Esther, during the brief period when he enjoyed the patronage of James Brydges (1673-1744), who was from October 1714 the Earl of Carnarvon and from [...]

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Festival Brochure

Pacific Musicworks, the American Handel Society, St. James Cathedral, and Sweet Bird Classics are bringing the 30-year-old American Handel Festival to Seattle in March 2011. This is a three-week, citywide festival, incorporating some 30 concerts and a host of lectures, symposia, and educational activities. The festival was founded at the University of Maryland in 1981 and held [...]

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Concerts

The American Handel Festival in Seattle begins March 11, 2011 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas McGegan and ends March 27, 2011 with Seattle Baroque Orchestra, directed by Ingrid Matthews.   Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs will direct the Boston Early Music Festival production of Acis and Galatea on Friday, March 25th.  Then on Saturday [...]

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Special Events

HANDEL IN SEATTLE presents a full schedule of educational activities — lectures, theater works, a short course on Handel, master classes, workshops for students, visual arts events and more.  See the full festival schedule.

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