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.

Here are a few samples:

Seattle Recorder Society and Moss Bay Recorder Society PLAY-IN! Recorder and viol players are invited to bring their instruments and join us to play Handel’s Water Music and Fireworks Music on March 19 from 2 – 3:30 pm, in the nave of St. James Cathedral.  Open to all free of charge.

Landscape Architect Paul Willen presents an absolutely stunning slide show with music demonstrating the deep affinity between Handel’s pastoral music and the soft and mellifluous “natural” gardens that were so boldly introduced into the English landscape in the early 18th century. With its passionate and lilting evocation of a distant arcadia, Handel’s quiet arias are the perfect “accompaniment” to the new landscapes, incorporating the hills, woodlands and meandering streams of the English countryside – and repudiating the rigid geometry that had dominated garden design since antiquity.

Two showings:

*Tuesday, March 22nd at noon, downstairs at Town Hall, with optional lunch afterwards
*Thursday, March 24th, at noon, at Trinity Parish Hall, with optional lunch afterwards

The Man in the Mirror is an original play by Ben Bernstein about a tenor who is preparing to sing a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Tenor Ross Hauck brings verismo to the role from his vast experience, which last season alone included 14 performances of Messiahhttp://www.americanhandelfestival.org/man-in-the-mirror/

Four performances: Wed. Mar. 16, noon and 7:30 pm, Trinity Parish
Thurs. Mar. 17, 2 pm, Frye Art Museum;  Fri. Mar. 18, 9:30 pm, Sorrento Hotel

American Handel Society Conference: papers and lectures by the world’s leading Handel scholars.  March 24-27 at the Pastoral Center of St. James Cathedral.  See more here.

Western Early Keyboard Conference:  See more here.
Friday, March 25 (St. Mark’s Cathedral):
3:30-5:00: Handel Organ Concerti Lecture-Recital, J. Melvin Butler and Alan DePuy, organists (St. Mark’s Cathedral)

Saturday, March 26 (Trinity Parish Church):
1:30: Handel’s Continuo: Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo: Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin; Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord

2:30 – 5:30 Handel Harpsichord Master Class: with Byron Schenkman
Handel: Cosmopolitan Composer: Elaine Thornburgh and JungHae Kim, harpsichord; Josh Lee, viola da gamba

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