Radiant music during a dark night in the concert hall.

This one will be quick, as I’m running out the door to an early morning rehearsal. We have a big day ahead of us, mostly because it will result in a concert of some of Handel’s most glorious music. That’s a big statement, I know, but it’s true. In Esther, Handel composed a couple of the most tremendous choruses you’ll ever hear. This little “masque” composed for a private performance in the extravagant settings of the Cannons estate in 1718 contains choruses of the grandest proportions. And the colors that Handel elicited from a very efficiently sized orchestra seem to be innumerable just by the addition of some horns, and a triple harp. Gorgeous arias, a wonderful story… we had a great time at our dress rehearsal last night in the concert hall, the only evening of the Festival without a public performance.

This afternoon our wind and brass participants will be featured in the public master class and I’ll present a short talk about Handel’s English Oratorios. This is going to be fun.

More tomorrow…