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Oak Park’s Handel Week Festival 13th Gala Season
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CONTACT: Jean Lotus, (Volunteer )708-510-1776
Jean.lotus@gmail.com www.Handelweek.com
 
 
Oak Park’s Handel Week Festival
Presents 13th Gala Season
 
February 19, 25, 26 and March 4, 2012
 
 
Handel Week Festival celebrates Handel’s 326th birthday week with a choral work fit for a Duke, breathtaking solo cantatas and the Oratorio: Semele.
 
Oak Park’s Handel Week Festival presents its 13th successful  season of don’t-miss performances of the works of the beloved baroque composer.
 
Performed in the acoustically exceptional Grace Episcopal Church (924 Lake Street, Oak Park) the Handel Week Festival presents three extraordinary selections from Handel’s prolific and varied repertoire.
 
 
CONCERT I:
 
Sunday, Feb. 19 2012,  3:00 p.m. Pre-concert lecture begins at 2:30 p.m.
 
Post-concert reception with chocolates and hors d’oeuvres
 
THE GRAND HANDEL
 
Music of the Soul – The Chandos Anthems
As pants the hart HWV 251e (Psalm 42)
O Come Let us Sing HWV 253 (Psalm 95)
The Lord is My Light HWV 255 (Psalm 27)
 
This concert is presented in memory of Cornelia “Connie” O’Kieffe featuring a professional chamber choir and chamber orchestra as they would have been originally performed.
 
Handel was not only the composer to monarchs, but also to the noble born. When he had just come to England, he was hired by the Earl, later Duke of Chandos, to write music for his private musical establishment at his home called Cannons; thus are born the magical Chandos Anthems! Hear them as they were heard at Cannons with the soloists singing the choruses as well. Enjoy a splendid afternoon hearing favorites Amy Anderson deJong, Nicci Krebasch, and Philip Kraus join new soloists Peder Reiff and Henriët Fourie in tantalizing music-making of the highest order.
 
 
CONCERT II:
 
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26  3:00 p.m.
 
Cabaret seating with wine and chocolates
 
Sing and Play in Dulcet Tone: The Intimate Handel
 
Music for Soprano, Recorder & Basso Continuo
 
In these concerts, one of the artists takes a moment to talk about the music before each performance and we gain a personal insight into each piece. Join one of our new artists Josefien Stoppelenburg as she dramatically relates stories of love and passion from Handel’s Early Italian Cantata period accompanied by flute or recorder, cello and Artistic Director Dennis Northway on the harpsichord.
 
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:
 
Sunday, March 4, 2 3:00 p.m. Pre-concert lecture begins at 2:30 p.m.
 
Post-concert reception with chocolates and hors d’oeuvres
 
THE ORATORIO Semele HWV 58
 
Featuring Kimberly McCord as Semele, David Portillo as Jupiter, King of the Gods, and David De Jong as Sominus.
 
Semele is a woman who is exceptionally beautiful and makes a grave decision! This is the oratorio Handel wrote just after finishing The Messiah. Here we hear Handel with his most powerful and mature compositional voice! Join us for the Oratorio/Opera (even Handel was not sure what it was!) Semele, a story about a woman who falls in love with a god. Audience favorite Kimberly McCord will mount this absorbing role accompanied by the Handel Week Festival Chorus and Orchestra in a monumental afternoon of breathtaking music including the beloved tenor aria “Where’ere you walk.”
 
 
Handel Week is the only organization in Chicago dedicated to the music of George Frideric Handel (b. Feb. 23, 1685- d. 1759).  Handel Week is now extended to four performances in three consecutive weeks. Conceived a dozen years ago by its founders, Dr. Dennis E. Northway and Charles Chauncey Wells, as the western suburbs' answer to the highly successful Bach Week Festival in Evanston, Handel Week stands alone as one of Chicago's best sources for top-quality, professional performances of Handel's music.
 
Concerts I and III include pre-concert lectures and a post-concert reception. The festival offers free parking in an adjacent lighted lot and free admission for children and teens between the ages of  8-18. Subscriptions and single tickets for Handel Week Festival  2012 are on sale now at the Handel Week box office (708) 383-2261. More information is available at www.handelweek.com.
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