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Handel Society Celebrates Bicentennial

The Handel Society of Dartmouth College will be celebrating its 200th birthday in the coming year. Founded in 1807, the 90-voice ensemble is America's oldest town-gown choral society. The group performs choral and choral-orchestral music from the 16th century to the present and has performed in Carnegie Hall as a guest of the New York Pops Orchestra, collaborated with the New Hampshire and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, and has made two European tours. The society's bicentennial year will be marked with a number of celebrations, including a third European tour, the premier of a work by composer Andrea Clearfield commissioned by the society and, in November 2007, a performance of Handel's Messiah. Conducted by Robert Duff, previously director of music for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the society plans to take the opportunity presented by the bicentennial to showcase the College's history and involvement with choral art.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 5/30/08