Denison Music Department Spends The Afternoon With "Mr. Handel"
Posted: October 17, 2001
Denison University's music department will present "An Afternoon with Mr. Handel" at 3 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 21) in Burke Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public
The concert serves as an appropriate addendum to a Denison Honors Program seminar being offered this semester on the life and music of George Frideric Handel. It also precedes a Denison Concert Choir performance of "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 18) in Swasey Chapel.
The "afternoon with Mr. Handel" will include a variety of instrumental music, including solo sonatas for violin and flute with the support of cello and harpsichord, a suite for solo harpsichord, a concerto grosso and the second of the anthems written for the coronation of George II in Westminster Abbey on Oct. 11, 1727.
The chamber music is presented by four members of the Denison faculty: flutist Kristen Stoner; violinist Andrew Carlson; cellist Marjorie Chan; and harpsichordist William Osborne - who will be playing a new two-manual instrument built by the noted Columbus-based maker of such instruments, Ben Bechtel.
After intermission, the Collegium Musicum and Denison Chamber Orchestra will combine forces to present "The King Shall Rejoice," conducted by Stephen Caracciolo, director of the Collegium. The orchestra, under the direction of Carlson, concludes the afternoon with a performance of the Concerto Grosso in A minor, opus 6, No. 4. Soloists for the concerto include violinists Carlson and Denison senior Elizabeth Deemer (Yarmouthport, Mass.), and cellist sophomore Michael Berlin (Erie, Pa.).
Following the performance, all are invited to the stage for a closer look at and demonstration of Bechtel's harpsichord by Osborne, Denison Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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