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2016 Handel's Alexander's Feast

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Calendar2/27/2016 8:00:00 PM2/27/2016 8:00:00 PMAmerica/Los_Angeles2016 Handel's Alexander's Feast At First Congregational Church of Berkeley2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704Website: https://americanbach.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=746722FalseMM/DD/YYYY

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
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HANDEL: Alexander’s Feast 
HANDEL: Concerto Grosso in C Major 
HANDEL: Harp Concerto in B Flat Major 

Anna Gorbachyova soprano (debut) - Aaron Sheehan tenor - William Sharp baritone
Jeffrey Thomas conductor 

Based on a poem by John Dryden, subtitled “The Power of Music,” Handel’s ode, Alexander’s Feast, recounts a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the conquered city of Persepolis. The musician Timotheus moves the great military commander through a course of emotions until he is compelled to seek revenge for his perished Greek soldiers, killed by the armies of the Persian King Darius III. Handel’s richly scored setting expresses the narrative in a direct manner that is, at times, surprising in its intensity. This evening-length work of some of the composer’s most ambitious and glorious vocal and choral music will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir and an outstanding trio of vocal soloists, including the Subscription Season debut of soprano Anna Gorbachyova. Following Handel’s tradition of inserting instrumental concertos between the work’s different parts, ABS will perform his Concerto Grosso in C Major and Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major.

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