William Christie leads the Yale Philharmonia in all-Handel concert

Feb. 25 concert also features harpsichordist Arthur Haas, new Yale Choral Artists

The Yale School of Music presents guest conductor William Christie in an all-Handel concert on Saturday, February 25. Christie, a graduate of the School of Music and the founder of the acclaimed early music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, returns to Yale to lead the Yale Philharmonia and the new Yale Choral Artists in a program dedicated to the music of George Frideric Handel.

The renowned keyboard player Arthur Haas will play harpsichord and organ. The four members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, a post-graduate ensemble dedicated to historical performance practice, will be the orchestra’s principal string players for this concert.

The concert opens with Handel’s stately overture to the oratorio Solomon and continues with the Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, The Ways of Zion Do Mourn. The second half of the concert features the Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 6, HWV 324. The Yale Choral Artists re-join the orchestra to conclude the concert with the celebratory Coronation Anthem No. 3: The King Shall Rejoice.

The New Yorker wrote that Christie’s “position in the world of early music is not unlike that of Zeus in a Baroque-opera production, gliding over the mortals in a bright chariot.” The Guardian notes that Christie’s contributions to early music have seen him “honored by academia, critics, the public and the French state.” MORE

Published February 1, 2012
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