George Frideric Handel: From Library to Stage – Exhibit and Concert Series

The Music Department and Rutgers University Libraries are set to present a series of events focusing on Baroque composer George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), with an exhibit and concert series featuring music of the German-born composer, who spent most of his career in London.

The series, which begins March 3, is titled George Frideric Handel: From Library to Stage. The multi-piece program will include a library exhibit, a concert of orchestral and chamber music, a lecture, and performances of the opera Acis and Galatea. All events are FREE and open to the public.

March 3–May 5, 2014
18th-century printed scores and rare materials from Handel’s London will be on display in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room of Douglass Library. The display includes some items on special loan from a private collection and some held by the Rutgers Libraries Special Collections/University Archives.
Orchestral and Chamber Music:
March 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Join us in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room for a concert of instrumental music by the Rutgers Baroque Players, featuring music from the Handel exhibit. FREE.
Handel’s Acis and Galatea: pre-performance discussion
April 27, 2014, 12:45 p.m.
Professors Rebecca Cypess and Pamela Gilmore will be joined by Jonathan Sauceda, Performing Arts Librarian, to discuss the performance and publication history of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as well as the curious history of the Handel collection held by Special Collections/University Archives. The discussion will take place in the Shindell Choral Hall of Robert E. Mortensen Hall. FREE.
Handel’s Acis and Galatea
April 27, 2014, 2 p.m.
April 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Gilmore, producer
David Ronis, stage director
Rebecca Cypess, music director
Watch the fully staged production by the Opera Workshop at Mason Gross and the Rutgers Baroque Players. The opera tells the tale of the sea-nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis, whose love is threatened by the villain Polyphemus. The opera will be staged in the Schare Recital Hall of the Marryott Music Building. FREE.
These concerts are sponsored in part by a grant from Early Music America.
Posted February 2014