Choral & Opera
Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert: The Young Handel
Stephen Alltop, conductor; Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists; Baroque Music Ensemble
This year’s Spring Festival Concert explores two youthful and boldly imaginative works of the young Handel. His setting of Psalm 113, Laudate pueri Dominum, dates from 1707, his 22nd year. As with his famous Dixit Dominus from the same year, Handel provides thrilling and virtuosic music for soloists and chorus alike. The Te Deum for the Peace of Utrecht of 1713 was the first sacred music composed by Handel for his adopted country of England. This celebratory and majestic work uses a large orchestra, chorus, and soloists to great effect.