The Victoria Conservatory of Music and the Pacific Baroque Festival are delighted to announce a program of music by one of the mostly widely celebrated, admired and honoured composers in the history of Western music: Georg Frideric Handel.

“Handel is the greatest and ablest of all composers; from him I can still learn” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Retrato_de_Handel photoFour days of Handel’s music… what a rare opportunity!  From February 19-22, 2015, Victoria will get an opportunity to discover the scope of Handel’s music, from his grand works for royal occasions to some of rarely performed, more intimate cantatas and arias.  To create this year’s journey of discovery, the Festival brings to Victoria the largest baroque orchestra in its 11 year history, with strings supported by oboes, flutes, bassoons, natural trumpets and horns, timpani drums.  Add the Victoria Children’s Choir and soloists to the Saturday evening concert, and the Alix Goolden Hall will be a special occasion that should not be missed!

The Festival will bring to life some of Handel’s often neglected works: his German arias can be considered some of his most best-kept secrets; his Italian cantatas, written in his youth and from which he drew inspiration for the remainder of his life; his exquisite ‘Ode for St Cecilia’s Day’.  It will also provide a rare occasion for Victoria audiences to appreciate live performances with period instruments of Handel’s ‘Water Music (Suite No 1)’, his Coronation anthem ‘The King shall rejoice’ and a rich “Concerto Grosso’.

Make that 5 days of Handel`s music!  Enhance the Festival`s Handel experience: the previous Sunday, February 15, at the EMSI presentation of ‘Theodora’, one of Handel`s largest-scale oratorios. Learn more

“This man is the master of us all” – Franz Joseph Haydn

“The inspired master of our art” – Christoph Willibald Gluck

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“An Ode to St Cecilia” HWV 76 (Part 4)
But oh! what art can teach,
What human voice can reach
The sacred organ’s praise?
Notes inspiring holy love,
Notes that wing their heavenly ways
To join the choirs above.


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