The music of George Frideric Handel has never disappeared from concert programs since his death in 1759, no easy feat for a composer of his era! And it’s easy to see why, as his music is a masterful blend of Italian passion, French panache and English grandeur, all held together with German craftsmanship. This immense talent combined with his dogged stubbornness and keen business acumen resulted in his dying a famous (infamous?) and wealthy man.
We’re opening our sixth concert season with a bang, bringing out the trumpets and drums for a performance of a rich and diverse selection of Handel’s vocal, choral, and orchestral output. The program will include the Oboe Concerto in G minor featuring Artistic Director Billy Traylor, a concerto grosso featuring soloists from the orchestra, and selections from cantatas, operas, and oratorios including Messiah, Belshazzar, Israel in Egypt, Serse, Rinaldo, Semele, and Giulio Cesare, with soprano soloist Julianna Emanski, countertenor soloist Nicholas Garza, tenor soloist Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, and more!