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George Frideric Handel: Exhibit and Concert Series

February 26, 2014; March 11, 2014
Bust of Handel

A bust of George Frideric Handel, produced in the 19th century and currently on loan from a private collection to the Rutgers University Libraries. This object is part of the exhibition on Handel currently on display in the Douglass Library.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) was among the most prolific and influential composers of the early 18th century. His training in Germany and Italy and his long career in the cosmopolitan center of London placed him in an ideal position to build upon musical styles from across Europe. His distinctive compositional approaches are manifested in work in every genre of the period, from dramatic operas and oratorios to austere anthems for performance in church, from concertos and sonatas to keyboard suites and arrangements. The Rutgers University Libraries are home to a remarkable array of Handel sources--manuscripts and printed editions--produced during the 18th century and now housed in Special Collections and University Archives.

The Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to present a series of events focusing on the work of George Frideric Handel, with an exhibit and concert series. The series, which begins March 3, is titled George Frideric Handel: From Library to Stage. The multi-piece program will include a library exhibit, a concert of orchestral and chamber music, a lecture, and performances of the opera Acis and Galatea. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Exhibit: March 3–May 5, 2014
18th-century printed scores and rare materials from Handel’s London will be on display in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room of Douglass Library. The display includes some items on special loan from a private collection and some held by the Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections/University Archives.
For more information about the exhibition, or to learn more about George Frideric Handel, you can download the exhibition catalog.

Orchestral and Chamber Music: March 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
Join us in the Mabel Smith Douglass Room for a concert of instrumental music by the Rutgers Baroque Players, featuring music from the Handel exhibit.

Handel’s Acis and Galatea: pre-performance discussion: April 27, 2014, 12:45 p.m.
Professors Rebecca Cypess and Pamela Gilmore will be joined by Jonathan Sauceda, Music and Performing Arts Librarian, to discuss the performance and publication history of Handel’s Acis and Galatea as well as the curious history of the Handel collection held by Special Collections/University Archives. The discussion will take place in the Shindell Choral Hall of Robert E. Mortensen Hall.

Handel’s Acis and Galatea
April 27, 2014, 2 p.m.
April 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Gilmore, producer
David Ronis, stage director
Rebecca Cypess, music director
Watch the fully staged production by the Opera Workshop at Mason Gross and the Rutgers Baroque Players. The opera tells the tale of the sea-nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis, whose love is threatened by the villain Polyphemus. The opera will be staged in the Schare Recital Hall of the Marryott Music Building.

These concerts are sponsored in part by a grant from Early Music America.

For more information on the exhibition or any of the events, please contact Music and Performing Arts Librarian Jonathan Sauceda at or 848-932-9023.