Handel Week Festival

From the Artistic Director

Warmest of WELCOMES to the Handel Week Family! We, the artists, board, volunteers and listeners here at Handel Week prize Baroque masterpieces of music and especially the music of Handel. We present world-class readings of music in an opulent acoustic, all in a room with tremendous sight lines! We surround these in-person and virtual concerts with informative lectures, fascinating program notes and festive receptions. We reach out to young singers to learn what it is to be a professional musician through our Wells Choral Scholar program and we engage young Conductors to hone their craft with our Mark and Randi Ravitts Woodworth Award for young conductors. Welcome to our website and read here about our upcoming musical offerings!
To Handel and his Music!

Dennis Northway

Concerts this Season

Concert 1 - The Grand Handel

Sunday, February 9th, 2020
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Concert 2 - The Alto in Love and Life!

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Concert 3 - The Regal Handel

Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Our festival concerts feature:

  • Music in one of the most acoustically perfect venues in the area
  • For Concerts I and III: Pre-concert lectures beginning @ 2:15 pm and post-concert receptions with the artists
  • Concert II is cabaret-style concert: Intimate tables with refreshments. Artists provide commentary on performance
  • Free lighted parking in adjacent lot.
  • Free admission for children & teens between the ages of 8-18

Newsletter #3 - Announcing the Handel Week Festival’s 24th Festival Season Lineup for 2023!

We, at the Handel Festival are approaching our quarter-century Mark! In getting ready we have put together a fantastic season for 2023. We are pleased to announce that Andrew Major, a doctoral student in Conducting at Northwestern University, will be this years' Mark and Randi Ravitts Woodworth conducting intern and leading our first concert, a concert of Concerti à due Cori and eight of the most famous Arias and Duets from all of Handel's music!! Hear “Where'ere you walk” (Semele), “V'adoro pupille” (Giulio Cesare), “Ombra mai fu” (Serse), “Tune Your Harps” (Esther), Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo), Samson “Let the Bright Seraphim” , Duet: “As Steals the Morn” (L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato), and Duet: “Bramo haver mille vite” (Ariodante) sung by Kimberly McCord, Michelle Wrighte and Gerald Frantzen, all Handel Week favorites!

Our Chamber concert this season aims to please! Hear the golden-throated Amy Anderson de Jong sing three of Handel's magnificent secular cantatas on a program with virtuoso Harpsichord playing by Handel Week favorite, Charlie Carpenter and round it off with sonatas for Recorder and Basso continuo, a now Sunday afternoon concert for the ages! Join us! To cap off a spectacular prelude to our 25th anniversary year, we bring two very, very special compositions, BOTH the last of each composer! Hear the witty, charming, delightful and clever music of Henry Purcell's THE INDIAN QUEEN alongside the FOUNDLING HOSPITAL ANTHEM: Blessed are they that considereth the poor. Both are absolute masterpieces and will delight the ear and the spirit.

Please consider joining us and supporting us with a GENEROUS donation! You will find dates and complete programs on this website. I invite you to explore and to enjoy!

To Handel and His MUSIC!
Dr. Dennis E. Northway, Artistic Director

Our Previous Newsletters

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Our concert information in available on the concerts page and tickets are available on the Ticket Box page.

Our Venue

Excellent sight lines!
Plenty of parking!
Pilgrim Congregational Church
460 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Listen Now

O Ruddier than the Cherry
Artist:Philip A. Kraus
Acis and Galata
Handel Festival 2019
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Act III Opening
Artist: The Handel Week Festival Orchestra The Oratorio Solomon
2019 Performance
Aria: Will the sun forget to streak
Artist: Kimberly McCord and the Handel Week Festival Orchestra The Oratorio Solomon
Handel Festival 2019
Anthem for the Coronation of Queen Caroline (2008)
Acis And Galatea, The flocks shall leave the mountains (2008)
Chamber Concert (2008)